Atrial Fibrillation, or A-Fib, is the most common heart rhythm problem, affecting more than two million Americans.
The heart beat is controlled by electrical impulses that begin in the atria, or upper chamber of your heart. With A-Fib, these electrical impulses are erratic, causing a rapid and irregular heart beat that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently to the rest of the body. It is possible to have A-fib without presenting anysymptoms, or you may have a wide range of symptoms including:
- heart palpitations
- fatigue or lack of energy
- chest discomfort or pain
- shortness of breath
- passing out or fainting
Atrial fibrillation can also lead to heart failure and is the number one cause of stroke. There is no single cause of A-Fib, but it tends to occur more frequently in older people and patients with heart disease. However, it can happen to anyone at anytime and it can be life threatening.
If you suffer from Atrial Fibrillation, we have good news. We have specialists who perform a break-through procedure that may restore your heart’s normal rhythm permanently, without major surgery.
Our A-Fib Center is comprised of outstanding electrophysiologists and surgeons who work as a team insearch of innovative and long-term treatments for A-Fib. With minimal medications, we are committed to the improvement of the quality of life of our patients.
Other Minimally-Invasive Treatment Option: The Maze
Minimally invasive surgery and catheter ablation is a safe option for the treatment of A-Fib that uses new technology to redirect the heart’s impulses.
Instead of “open” surgery through the breast bone, the MAZE Procedure can be done through a small incision in the chest or with tiny cameras and catheters through small incisions.
Minimally invasive A-Fib treatment has many benefits over conventional treatment options:
- it does not require stopping the heart
- the preciseness of the procedure results in quality outcomes
- less pain
- faster recovery time
The Best Treatment for You
Minimally Invasive surgery is a major breakthrough for people whose A-Fib has not been controlled orcured with conventional treatment options. The first step to determine the best treatment option for you is to visit a physician who specializes in treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. Together you will determine whether intervention is warranted.
New Minimally-Invasive Treatment Option: The Convergent Procedure
LMC is offering a new and innovative treatment for the heart rhythm disorder Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) called the Convergent Procedure.
During the procedure, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and an Electrophysiologist work as a team, in one setting, using minimally invasive approaches and techniques. Radiofrequency (extreme heat) is used to produce lesions (scars) on the heart which will block the abnormal electrical signals once a scar tissue is formed. This is what helps restore normal heart rhythm, often taking patients off of medications they’ve been on for years. Very few centers perform this procedure nationwide.
- The Convergent Procedure (PDF - 195 KB)
Conventional Treatment Options
Treating Atrial Fibrillation is an important way to help prevent stroke. Several other approaches are used to treat and prevent abnormal heart rhythm. It is sometimes possible to use medications to regulate and control.
It is the goal at Largo Medical Center to restore your heart to its normal rhythm and improve the quality of life for our patients. Our Cardiologists, Electrophysiologists and Surgeons are committed to pioneering new minimally-invasive approaches and procedures including the ones you see mentioned here on our website.