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Tallahassee Memorial Opens Dedicated Heart Rhythm Clinic

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A specialized center to diagnose and treat hearts that lose the beat is now open in Northeast Tallahassee.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare has just opened the region's first dedicated clinic for heart rhythm problems. Dr. Marilyn Cox who founded the program said there are good reasons to keep hearts beating steady and strong.

"The rhythm called arterial fibrillation is one of the most common heart rhythm problems particularly in people over 65. The reason we want to treat AFib is it can cause a lot of symptoms like palpitations, chest pains, shortness of breath. But also having AFib can increase your risk of stroke."

Now, Dr. Cox explained, TMH has a new Heart Rhythm Clinic to detect and correct hearts that don't beat as they should.

"It's a larger area that's not as overwhelming to the patient because it's separate from the main hospital. It allows us to have a dedicated area just for heart rhythm problems."

The new clinic near the corner of Blair Stone and Centreville roads had its ceremonial ribbon cutting on Friday, Aug. 14.

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