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Heart problem growing in Jacksonville

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Updated: 9/18/2013 6:36 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local man is undergoing surgery to correct a long history of atrial fibrillation.

"It basically means the electrical activity in the heart artery will quiver and fire very fast and disorganized," said Dr. Anthony Magnano.

Magnano says more than 2 million people have AFIB now, and by 2050 he expects more than 5 million people to have it.

"The cases of AFIB are growing for a majority of reasons most importantly the population is aging," said Magnano.

Magnano says there are ways to treat it with medications and surgery.

"We are going to find the areas that are firing and bring our catheter there apply radio waves which silence the electrical activity," Magnano said.

He says those who aren't treated have up to a 20 percent chance of having a stroke.

Doctors say sometimes, symptoms of AFIB are minimal, where a person will feel tired, light-headed or have shortness of breath.
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