World Stroke Day is observed worldwide on October 29 to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors.
We know there are 5 million patients in the U.S. today with AF and we anticipate that the number will more than double to ~12 million by 2050. Despite warfarin and NOAC availability and adoption, the latest data still shows that 50% of patients won’t or don’t take warfarin long-term, and 30% won’t or don’t take a NOAC long-term, leaving patients at risk of stroke. This highlights the need for more alternatives for stroke prevention.
We need to continue educating patients with AF and their caregivers on stroke risk and the breakthrough alternative we can now offer them with WATCHMAN.