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These procedures can reduce or eliminate the need for blood-thinning medications often used to treat A Fib.
While treating or curing A Fib is necessary to reduce the risk of stroke, identifying the condition is equally important.
According to the Heart Rhythm Society, fewer than 30 percent of people with A Fib are receiving proper treatment - with or without medication.
Horton and Hume were part of an international team that traveled to Krakow, Poland, in January of 2009 to explore new ways to treat A Fib.
During this procedure, the cardiac surgeon makes small incisions to access the heart, and creates surgical lesions that block the triggers and pathways of A Fib.