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There is an alternative to blood thinners such as warfarin (commonly known by the brand name Coumadin): an implanted device that prevents blood clots from forming in the hearts of AFib patients.
William Moulton of Ravenna received his first cardiac intervention at UH Portage, then returned five years later needing a thrombectomy.
Most people cringe at the mere mention of the word leeches. Even more would be alarmed at the thought of having them attached to their skin as part of their medical plan of care.
A pulmonary embolism patient was saved at UH St. John using medical equipment retrieved from UH Parma.