Heart arrhythmia care in Brandon, Florida

There are many types of heart arrhythmias, ranging from a minor irregular heartbeat that doesn't require treatment to a serious arrhythmia in need of surgical intervention. No matter what type of arrhythmia you are experiencing, the cardiologists at Brandon Regional Hospital are here to provide an expert diagnosis and extensive treatment options.

To learn more about the types of arrhythmias we treat, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (813) 653-1065.

Atrial fibrillation (AFib)

AFib is the most common type of heart arrhythmia. It happens when a problem occurs in the electrical impulses that begin in the atria, also known as the upper chambers of the heart. When the electrical signals in the atria are erratic, it causes a rapid and irregular heartbeat. This affects the heart's ability to efficiently pump blood throughout the rest of the body.

If left untreated, AFib is known to lead to medical complications such as cerebrovascular accident (stroke) and heart failure. Through our cardiology program, we provide comprehensive care for patients with AFib.

AFib symptoms

Different people may experience different symptoms of AFib, but people commonly experience:

  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fluttering sensation in the chest
  • Sensation of a missed heartbeat or an extra heartbeat
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath

AFib treatments

AFib can be managed through a variety of treatment options, such as:

  • Antiarrhythmic medications
  • Electrical cardioversion
  • Automatic implantable defibrillator
  • Artificial pacemaker
  • Catheter ablation
  • Surgical intervention

Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC)

One treatment option for AFib is the LAAC implant, which offers an alternative option to long-term blood thinner use. The implant permanently closes off the left atrial appendage in an effort to prevent harmful blood clots from entering the bloodstream, which can lead to a stroke.

This is a one-time procedure performed under general anesthesia. The device will be guided to your heart through a catheter, meaning there is no need for open heart surgery. The implant is about the size of a quarter.

To learn more about this procedure, please call our cardiac administrator at (813) 916-0715.