When You’re Ticking, Don’t Miss A Tock…

A heartbeat should be soothing, not scary. If your heart “skips a beat” or flutters, not only can it be unsettling, it could be a condition known as Atrial Fibrillation. A-fib is the most common cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat). Approximately three million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with it. When Atrial Fibrillation and other arrhythmias occur, the electrical signals that coordinate the upper chamber of the heart become disorganized causing an irregular heartbeat. The irregular heartbeat disrupts the flow of blood through the heart. Symptoms can range from chest pain to dizziness or extreme fatigue.

The Aventura Center for Cardiac and Vascular Medicine at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center recently appointed Dr. Harold Roberts as the Medical Director of Cardiovascular Services. He has performed approximately 4,500 cardiac surgeries, of which 3,500 involved heart valve procedures. Dr. Roberts offers a minimally invasive, surgical cure for atrial fibrillation. He uses the Cox-Cryomaze procedure, which is the next evolution of the Cox-Maze. He has one of the largest Cox-Cryomaze experiences in existence with nearly a 1000 patients in the last 13 years. His current data shows a 94% success rate in completely ridding patients of atrial fibrillation. Longterm, the vast majority of patients are off antiarrhythmics and anticoagulants. Dr. Roberts earned his medical degree at University of Arkansas College of Medicine in Little Rock, AR and completed his residency in surgery at University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore, MD. Doctor Roberts went on to complete a Fellowship in Adult Cardiac Surgery at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. He is board certified in Thoracic Surgery.

A-fib may not be life threatening if treated properly. It can be cured. It’s important to pay attention to your personal heart health by monitoring your heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol, exercise regimen and nutrition. Choosing the right heart health partner is also important.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment with an A-fib specialist, call (305 682- 6677.

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