Bay Medical Sacred Heart introduces new A-Fib procedure

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - February is American Heart Month and in light of that, Bay Medical Sacred Heart has introduced a new A-Fib procedure that could potentially set it apart from other hospitals in the area.

Approximately 2.7 million Americans are affected by atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular, quivering, or rapid heart rhythm in the upper chambers of the heart.

Doctors at Bay Medical say this new procedure is minimally invasive with a higher success rate than the old procedure that used radio frequencies. During the new procedure, the surgeon enters through the groin and uses a balloon to create a scar that controls electrical activities to help regulate heart rhythm.

Dr. Hoang with Bay Medical Sacred Heart says this new procedure has shown improved outcomes and shorter procedure times for patients. He also said having this procedure locally is beneficial to patients as it can be difficult for those with AF to travel.

Dr. Hoang says if left untreated, atrial fibrillation patients are five times more likely to have a stroke and have an increased chance of developing heart failure.

This procedure can significantly improve quality of life for anyone suffering from atrial fibrillation.