Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat). An estimated 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib. Those living with AFib are five times more likely to suffer a stroke. The goals of AFib treatment include regaining a normal heart rhythm and controlling the heart rate.
Ablation is a common treatment option. Traditionally, a catheter in the heart is used to identify the areas of the atria to target for ablation. Tampa General Hospital is the only hospital in the Tampa Bay area offering a new advanced MRI mapping technique that provides better diagnostic information to develop a personalized treatment plan of areas to target and improves the success rate of ablation. The new technology utilizes high-quality segmentation on MRI images of the atrium to analyze atrial tissue. The images provide a detailed 3D visual model of the patient’s heart structure. This technology is intended to provide a higher success rate and often shorter procedure time because of the improved MRI mapping.
Tampa General Hospital was awarded full Atrial Fibrillation with Electrophysiology Services Accreditation status from the American College of Cardiology for its expertise and commitment to quality patient care.
Tampa General Hospital offers the WATCHMAN™, the only FDA-approved heart implant proven to reduce stroke risk in people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem. The WATCHMAN™ is a minimally invasive, one-time procedure that can replace the need for long-term blood thinners. Learn more about the WATCHMAN™ Implant and how it effectively reduces the risk of stroke in AFib patients.