Fort Walton Beach, Fl — Fort Walton Beach Medical Center's Heart Center recently introduced a new minimally invasive technique for the treatment of patients with (AFIB) Atrial Fibrillation - Left Atrial Appendage Procedure.

The use of this approach reduces incision size, and eliminates the need for a sternal incision. This approach uses a mini-thoracotomy approach, with endoscopic visualization, which allows less invasive surgery to remove the left atrial appendage. The left atrial appendage is a small cavity connected to the left atrium. In patients suffering from atrial fibrillation, the formation of blood clots in the left atrial appendage may occur. Patients with Atrial Fibrillation are treated with anticoagulants to prevent the formation of blood clots, patients who may not be able to take anticoagulants, have this surgical technique to avoid the potential of stroke.

"Our cardiovascular physicians have pioneered some of the latest cardiac technology and procedures available in the area for cardiac care. With our state-of-the-art Cath Labs and being the only Accredited Chest Pain Center in the area, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is the hospital you want to come to for the most advanced cardiac care", states Mitch Mongell, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.