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Hey all, just wanted to throw this out as many people are diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation and are on anticoagulants.  The FAA is now accepting a fairly new procedure called WATCHMAN that deploys a small device to close the left atrial appendage (LAA), a tiny cubbyhole in the left atrium where blood can pool up and clot, increasing the risk of stroke.  Anticoagulants have their side effects, and WATCHMAN is an option for some candidates.  FAA is now reviewing cases involving the procedure on a case by case basis and we are aware a few cases have been cleared. At least it is an option for AFIB patients who maybe don't tolerate or just want to eliminate the need for anticoagulants.  If you have questions, just give us a shout here at AOPA.  800 872 2672.