Understanding AFib

As the most common type of heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a heart condition that is estimated to affect up to six-million Americans. People with AFib experience an irregular heartbeat, but what does that really mean?   Normally, your body will send an electrical signal from the upper chambers of your heart (the…

Minimally invasive

Small Actions, Big Results: Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Offers Many Advantages

“Minimally invasive” is a term used to describe surgeries that provide an alternative to traditional surgery. When it comes to heart surgery, this means smaller incisions that avoid more complex operations such as open-heart surgery.   Heart surgeons at CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute perform many minimally invasive procedures, including mitral or aortic valve repair…