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Every minute counts when a stroke occurs, so it’s critical to get the right care as quickly as possible. Doctors Medical Center offers the highest level of stroke care in the area between Sacramento, the Bay and down to Los Angeles. We are one of only 27 Comprehensive Stroke Centers in California, and the only one in the Central Valley.

Our experienced team provides quality care for the most complex stroke cases, with dedicated units for critical and in-patient neurological treatment. DMC’s stroke care is recognized nationally by The American Heart Association for Stroke Gold Plus, Target Stroke Elite, the Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll, and as High Performing by US News & World Report.

Doctors Medical Center is also a Level II Trauma Center and Heart Attack Receiving Center, providing advanced care when you and your loved ones need it most.

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Doctors Medical Center Modesto is a full-service, comprehensive health care facility, dedicated to providing the finest medical care for the community. From preventative and diagnostic services, to expertise in some of the world's leading technologies, DMC's multidisciplinary team of physicians and healthcare professionals is dedicated to your good health and well-being. Recognized for innovative cardiac and neonatal intensive care to advanced stroke and trauma treatment, the outstanding doctors at DMC represent most major medical specialties and are committed to being there for you, when you need them most.

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New Procedure at Doctors Medical Center Reduces Risk of Stroke for AFib Patients

Mar 29, 2019

Permanent heart implant provides alternative to blood thinner usage

Modesto, Calif. – Cardiologists at Doctors Medical Center performed the hospital’s first implant of the Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure device on a patient with atrial fibrillation (AFib).

DMC Watchman teamThe hospital is the first between Sacramento and Fresno to offer the Watchman device as an alternative to the lifelong use of warfarin (blood thinners) for people with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem (also known as non-valvular atrial fibrillation). Patients no longer need to travel to surrounding areas to have this procedure.

For patients living with AFib, there is an increased risk of stroke. An estimated five million Americans are impacted by AFib, which is an irregular heartbeat that feels like a quivering heart. People with AFib have a five times greater risk of stroke than those with normal heart rhythms.

The Watchman device closes off an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA) to keep harmful blood clots that can form in the LAA from entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke. By closing off the LAA, the risk of stroke may be reduced and over time, patients may be able to stop taking warfarin.

“The Watchman device is a novel alternative for patients with non-valvular AFib at risk for stroke, especially those with a compelling reason where they cannot be on blood thinner medication,” said Dr. Navneet Dullet, Cardiologist at the Valley Heart Institute of Doctors Medical Center. “I am so pleased we are now performing this procedure at Doctors Medical Center as it offers another potentially life-changing stroke risk treatment.”

The Watchman device is implanted in a one-time procedure. It’s a permanent device that doesn’t have to be replaced and can’t be seen outside the body. The procedure is done under general anesthesia and takes about an hour. Patients commonly stay in the hospital overnight and leave the next day.

“Patients with atrial fibrillation are at significant risk of stroke, which can have a serious emotional and psychological impact on them,” said Dr. Talwinderdeep Kahlon, Interventional Cardiologist at the Valley Heart Institute of Doctors Medical Center. “It is important for them to be aware of and understand recent medical advances and treatments that can help with stroke prevention.”

The cardiology program at Doctors Medical Center also offers:

  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR)
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure
  • Catheter Cryoablation
  • Leadless Pacemaker
  • Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator
  • Impella

Doctors Medical Center has five fully operational catheterization labs, plus a new hybrid operating suite.