Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, 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 AFib, 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 AFib 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 AFib, 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 AFib Center is comprised of outstanding electrophysiologists and surgeons who work as a team insearch of innovative and long-term treatments for AFib. With minimal medications, we are committed to the improvement of the quality of life of our patients.
The Best Treatment for You
Minimally Invasive surgery is a major breakthrough for people whose AFib 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.
AFib and Heart Rhythm Centers
Largo Medical Center, along with four other hospitals in the HCA West Florida Division, is among the first in the region to receive AFib Certification. This specialized certification is granted by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care to facilities who demonstrate expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing a comprehensive review. As a part of the AFib & Heart Rhythm Centers, our hospital is proud to be recognized for its achievement in helping to educate and treat our community.
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.