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AFib Lectures

HCA West Florida hospitals provide a wide range of community health lectures and programs, including cardiac and AFib topics. To learn more, visit the calendar of the HCA West Florida hospital closest to you.


About AFib

The body naturally produces electricity that travels over the heart muscle and stimulates the heart to contract or beat. The electrical signal that tells the heart to beat comes from a small area of the right atrium of the heart. This area is located in the upper right chamber of the heart and is called the sinoatrial node, or SA node. When a signal is given by the SA node, a small electrical impulse runs through the heart and stimulates the heart muscle to contract. The contraction of the heart muscle produces a heartbeat and forces blood out of the heart to the rest of your body. Certain conditions can cause the electrical system to make the heart beat too slowly, too fast, or in an uncoordinated manner. These irregular patterns are called arrhythmias and they can occur in any of the four chambers of the heart.

  • Heartbeats that are too slow (bradycardia)
  • Heartbeats that are too fast (tachycardia)
  • Extra beats
  • Skipped beats
  • Beats coming from abnormal areas of the heart
  • Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

An electrophysiology study will help the physician determine the best treatment for you by showing where the arrhythmias are occurring.

Some arrhythmias may occur without any symptoms. Others, such as AFib, may cause noticeable symptoms, such as:

  • Fainting
  • Dizziness, sensation of light-headedness
  • Sensation of your heart fluttering (palpitations)
  • Sensation of a missed or extra heart beat
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

The Convergent Procedure

The Convergent Procedure is a truly minimally-invasive approach that combines the best of electrophysiology (EP) and cardiac surgery treatments to help restore normal heart rhythm for all A-Fib sufferers, including patients with structural heart disease who may have previously failed one or more other treatments.

The procedure uses radiofrequency (extreme heat) to produce lesions (scar tissue) on the heart to block abnormal electrical signals. During the procedure, a cardiac surgeon and an electrophysiologist work as a team, in a single setting. The surgeon is able to create a comprehensive, linear lesion pattern on the outside surface of a beating heart through a small incision (1 inch) made in the patient’s abdomen, instead of through invasive chest incisions and/or ports, as in other surgical procedures. The electrophysiologist then threads a catheter through the patient’s femoral vein, in the groin, to reach the heart and fill in any gaps in the ablation pattern and utilizes diagnostic techniques to confirm all abnormal electrical signals have been interrupted.

Most patients who’ve undergone the Convergent Procedure experience restored normal heart rhythm and have been able to stop taking daily heart rate and heart rhythm medications. Typical hospital stays have lasted two to three days, and patients are back to normal activities quickly.

CryoAblation

CryoAblation Catheter

For those patients with certain types of AFib for whom drug-therapy or device implantation has not been successful, there is a new treatment option called the Arctic Front Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System. Northside Hospital is the first medical facility in Pinellas, Pasco, and Manatee counties to offer this procedure.

  • Safe and effective because it has a low risk for complications.
  • Has been used to treat over 20,000 patients in more than 200 centers worldwide.

Why CryoAblation?

Seventy percent of patients treated with cryoablation were free from symptomatic A-Fib at one year, compared with just over seven percent of patients who were treated with drug therapy only. Arctic Front is considered a safe and effective medical device for treating PAF because it has a low risk of complications. Due to its balloon shape, an advantage of cryoablation is the ability of the physician to create a continuous line of scar tissue all the way around the pulmonary vein with just a few applications. With other “point-to-point” catheter systems, repeated applications are made to create many small lesions in an attempt to form a continuous line of scar tissue.

Watchman Implant

Watchman

Northside Hospital is the only hospital on the west coast of Florida and the fourth hospital in the state to begin utilizing the Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure Implant for patients with non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) who are currently on warfarin (Coumadin). People with AFib have a five times greater risk of suffering a stroke or systemic embolism. The most common treatment to reduce this stroke risk in patients with AFib is with warfarin (a blood thinner). The Watchman Implant closes off an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage to keep blood clots from leaving the left atrial appendage, entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke.

  • After 45 days, most patients were able to stop taking warfarin
  • After one year, over 99% of patients who had this device implanted were able to stop taking warfarin
  • Patients treated with the Watchman therapy had a 71% relative reduction in major bleeding after six months compared to patients treated with warfarin
  • 85% risk reduction in hemorrhagic stroke compared to warfarin
  • 63% risk reduction in disabling stroke compared to warfarin
  • 56% risk reduction in cardiovascular death compared to warfarin

Afib Certification Seal

AFib Certification

Six HCA West Florida hospitals are the first in the region to receive AFib Certification. These include Brandon Regional Hospital, Largo Medical Center, Northside Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

For More Information

Contact Information

Map and Locations

HCA West Florida Division

3031 N Rocky Point Dr W, Suite 400
TampaFL 33607

Ambulatory Surgery Center Tampa

4500 E. Fletcher Ave
TampaFL 33613

Fax: (813) 977-7941

Bay Area Physicians Surgery Center

6043 Winthrop Commerce Ave, Suite 101
RiverviewFL 33578

Fax: (813) 699-1201

Bayonet Point Surgery and Endoscopy Center

14104 Yosemite Dr
HudsonFL 34667

Bayonet Point Surgery and Endoscopy Center

14104 Yosemite Dr
HudsonFL 34667

Fax: (727) 869-5041

Belleair Surgery Center

1130 Ponce De Leon Blvd
ClearwaterFL 33756

Fax: (727) 585-0319

Blake Medical Center

2020 59th St West
BradentonFL 34209

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Blake Medical Center ER

2020 59th St West
BradentonFL 34209

Blake Medical Center | Sleep Center

Pinnacle Building, 7005 Cortez Rd
BradentonFL 34210

Brandon Regional Hospital

119 Oakfield Dr
BrandonFL 33511

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Brandon Regional Hospital ER

119 Oakfield Dr
BrandonFL 33511

Brandon Surgery Center

711 S Parsons Ave
BrandonFL 33511

Fax: (813) 654-3347

Breast Care Center

Medical Arts Building, 2010 59th St West, Suite 1500
BradentonFL 34209

BRH - Pediatric ER

119 Oakfield Dr
BrandonFL 33511

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Citrus Memorial Auditorium

402 W Grace St
InvernessFL 34452

Citrus Memorial Hospital

502 W. Highland Blvd
InvernessFL 34452

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Citrus Memorial Rehab and Aquatics | Crystal River

6043 W Nordling Loop
Crystal RiverFL 34429

Citrus Memorial Rehab and Aquatics | Inverness

810 Medical Ct E
InvernessFL 34452

Citrus Memorial Rehab and Aquatics | Sugarmill Woods

7945 S Suncoast Blvd
HomosassaFL 34446

Citrus Memorial Rehab | Lecanto

950 N Avalon Way
LecantoFL 34461

Citrus Park ER

12922 Sheldon Rd
TampaFL 33626

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Clearwater ER Campus

2339 Gulf to Bay Blvd.
ClearwaterFL 33765

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Countryside Surgery Center

3291 North McMullen Booth Rd
ClearwaterFL 33761

CPC Beverly Hills

Seema V. Kamat, MD and Ghassan Hasan, MD, 450 W Roosevelt Blvd
Beverly HillsFL 34465

CPC Citrus Springs

Al Bisong, PA, 10334 N. Citrus Springs Blvd
Citrus SpringsFL 34434

CPC Floral City

John D. Gelin, M.D., 7648 S Florida Ave
Floral CityFL 34446

CPC Homosassa

Timothy N. Peterson, M.D., 7955 S Suncoast Blvd
HomosassaFL 34446

CPC Inverness

Margie Leturno, FNP-C, 131 S Citrus Ave
InvernessFL 34452

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

5731 Bee Ridge Rd
SarasotaFL 34233

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Doctors Hospital of Sarasota ER

5731 Bee Ridge Rd
SarasotaFL 34233

Doctors Same Day Surgery

5741 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 100
SarasotaFL 34233

Fax: (941) 342-1403

Englewood Community Hospital

700 Medical Blvd
EnglewoodFL 34223

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Englewood Community Hospital ER

700 Medical Blvd
EnglewoodFL 34223

ER 24/7 in Palm Harbor

35750 US 19 North
Palm HarborFL 34684

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Experts In ER

3031 N Rocky Point Dr West, Suite 400
TampaFL 33607

Fawcett Memorial Hospital

21298 Olean Blvd
Port CharlotteFL 33952

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Fawcett Memorial Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services

3280 Tamiami Trail, Suite 11
Port CharlotteFL 33952

Fawcett Weight Loss Surgery Center

21298 Olean Blvd
Port CharlotteFlorida 33952

Fax: (941) 627-6142

Graduate Medical Education

14108 Glacier Dr
HudsonFL 34667

Fax: (727) 819-2928

Gulf Coast Surgery Center

411 Second St East
BradentonFL 34208

Gulf Pointe Surgery Center

21260 Olean Blvd, Suite 100
Port CharlotteFL 33952

Fax: (941) 235-5801

Historic School Building

502 W Highland Blvd
InvernessFL 34452

Indian Rocks Rd. Campus

2025 Indian Rocks Rd
LargoFL 33774

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Largo 14th Street ER

201 14th St SW
LargoFL 33770

Largo Family Care

13540 Walsingham Rd.
LargoFL 33774

Largo Indian Rocks ER

2025 Indian Rocks Rd
LargoFL 33774

Largo Medical Center

201 14th St SW
LargoFL 33770

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Medical Arts Building

9332 State Rd 54, Suite 302
TrinityFL 34655

Medical Center of Trinity

9330 State Rd 54
TrinityFL 34655

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Medical Center of Trinity Behavioral Health | West Pasco Campus

5637 Marine Pkwy
New Port RicheyFL 34652

Medical Center of Trinity ER

9330 State Rd 54
TrinityFL 34655

Medical Office Building

131 S Citrus Ave
InvernessFL 34452

Memorial Hospital of Tampa

2901 Swann Ave
TampaFL 33609

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Memorial Hospital of Tampa ER

2901 Swann Ave
TampaFL 33609

New Port Richey Surgery Center at Trinity

9332 SR 54, Suite 100
TrinityFL 34655

Northside Hospital

6000 49th St North
St. PetersburgFL 33709

Fax: (727) 521-5007

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Oak Hill Hospital

11375 Cortez Blvd
BrooksvilleFL 34613

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Oak Hill Hospital ER

11375 Cortez Blvd
Spring HillFL 34613

Oak Hill | Pediatric Emergency Care Center

11375 Cortez Blvd, State Rd 50
Spring HillFL 34613

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Outpatient Heart Failure Clinic

1609 Pasadena Ave S, Suite 1E
St. PetersburgFL 33707

Palms of Pasadena

1501 Pasadena Ave
St. PetersburgFL 33707

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Palms of Pasadena Outpatient Therapy

1615 Pasadena Ave. South, Suite 150
St. PetersburgFL 33707

Palms of Pasadena Wound Healing Center

1609 Pasadena Ave., S
St. PetersburgFL 33707

Plant City ER

3065 James L. Redman Pkwy
Plant CityFL 33563

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Rao Musunuru MD, Conference Center

14100 Yosemite Dr
HudsonFL 34667

Fax: (727) 869-5594

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point ER

14000 Fivay Rd
HudsonFL 34667

Regional Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Bayonet Point

7525 Medical Dr
HudsonFL 34667

Fax: (727) 868-2329

RMC Bayonet Point

14000 Fivay Rd
HudsonFL 34667

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South Bay Hospital

4016 Sun City Center Blvd
Sun City CenterFL 33573

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South Bay Hospital ER

4016 Sun City Center Blvd
Sun City CenterFL 33573

St Petersburg General Hospital ER

6500 38th Ave North
St. PetersburgFL 33710

St. Petersburg General Hospital

6500 38th Ave N
St. PetersburgFL 33710

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Sugarmill Woods Family Care Center

Dr. Esther Browne-King, Dr. Mary Brunzie and Darlene Lowman, ARNP, 7945 S Suncoast Blvd
HomosassaFL 34446

Surgery Center at St. Andrews

1350 E Venice Ave
VeniceFL 34285

Fax: (941) 484-2010

Tampa Community Hospital

6001 Webb Rd
TampaFL 33615

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Tampa Community Hospital ER

6001 Webb Rd
TampaFL 33615

Tampa Eye & Specialty Surgery Center

4302 N Gomez Ave
TampaFL 33607

Fax: (813) 871-3956

Transitions - Inpatient Care

2025 Indian Rocks Rd
LargoFL 33774

Transitions - Outpatient Care

2191 9th Ave. N., Suite 260
St. PetersburgFL 33713

Wound Care Center

779 Medical Dr, Suite 4
EnglewoodFL 34223

Fax: (941) 475-8919