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@ltssjs, I might have asked you the same question about your question. Who do you think has the responsibility for considering ablation and Watchman — and for whom? In my experience, cardiology practices consider every option before homing in on those that should be helpful to a patient whose diagnosis is well advanced. Against that background, I answered your question in what I think of as the real world. If you wanted Connect members to "consider" ablation and Watchman, many of us do — including me, but in partnership with my medical team, we have set those options aside. Members and mentors on Connect — even our Moderators — are not here to recommend treatments for medical problems. That responsibility lies with the patient and the medical team that has been given the role of diagnosing and treating an illness. Martin

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The question centered on the term CONSIDERED and then IF not Why not. Thru my personal experiences in conversations with cardiology patients I have come to the realization that considerations often are determined more by by the ability of the practices involved than the procedures currently available. Referral are not always resorted to or suggested, unfortunately. Furthermore it has become necessary for the patient to be very pro active. Read and gain as much knowledge as one can regarding the medical issue being addressed. Ask questions. Be informed as much as possible. Yes, RESPONSIBILITY pertains to the patient as well! It is of help to the Cardiologist as well as the patient.