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Published on August 20, 2014

Thomas Scott & Atrial Fibrillation (Maze) Surgery

Thomas Scott
Patient: Thomas Scott, Rockville, MD

Location: Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital

Service: Atrial Fibrillation (Maze) Surgery

Doctor: Sean Beinart, MD

As a former triathlete and husband to a professional runner, 61-year old Thomas Scott of Rockville wasn’t used to taking things slow. That changed when heart problems struck.

Since 2012, Scott experienced what he later learned was intermittent atrial fibrillation (a-fib), the most common type of arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm. “All of a sudden, my heart would begin to race,” Scott says.

The condition is related to an issue with the heart’s electrical system that causes the two upper parts of the heart, also known as the atria, to quiver, or fibrillate. For Scott, these symptoms would usually last less than three hours and then disappear.

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