C O N C O R D H O S P I T A L A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 1 7 31 Ted’sStory WATCHMAN™isHelpingKeepTed’sHeartClot-free Ted Bailey of Chichester is a man of few words. When Dr. Adam Chodosh of Concord Hospital Cardiac Associates recommended a new treatment to helpTed reduce the threat of stroke without having to take blood thinners, he didn’t hesitate. “I said‘Go for it.’” Now,Ted can point to one word that’s helping keep him healthy:WATCHMAN™. Ted, who is 87, has AFib, an irregular heartbeat that affects his heart’s ability to pump blood normally. It also increased his risk for having a stroke because of the possibility of clots forming in his heart and traveling to other parts of his body. For most patients, blood thinning medication reduces the stroke risk, but for some, likeTed, blood thinners cause other problems such as bleeding complications. That’s why Dr. Chodosh recommended theWATCHMAN device. It closes off the area of the heart where clots can form in AFib patients, reducing the stroke risk, even in patients likeTed, who no longer can take blood thinners. In March,Ted became the 11thWATCHMAN patient at Concord Hospital Center for Cardiac Care.Within weeks, he no longer was taking blood thinners, while theWATCHMAN made sure no clots could form in his heart. Ted, a former state trooper, truck driver, volunteer firefighter and town selectman, doesn’t feel much different than he did before the procedure. He’s still working on his property, bringing in wood for the woodstove and building birdhouses in his shop. He said he doesn’t think about hisWATCHMAN – doesn’t even notice that it’s implanted in his heart. But, he also doesn’t have to think about bleeding complications or the nicks, cuts or bruises that could develop into serious problems while on blood thinners. “Before, he’d bleed a lot and he bruised very, very easily,”saidTed’s wife, Lillian.“The biggest difference is not worrying about bleeding and clots.” CardiacAssociates–Concord PATIENT SATISFACTION ranked * TOP 4% N A T I O N A L L Y *versus all facilities in Press Ganey’s National Database (October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017).