Orange Park Medical Center is now treating cardiac patients in their new 12,000 square foot $11 million space. The new addition includes 14 recovery rooms and two electrophysiology labs that will treat patients suffering from irregular heart rhythm conditions such as atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib. The labs will be used to test, diagnose and treat patient's abnormal heart rhythms.

Orange Park Medical Center treats over nearly 500 patients each year for abnormal heart rhythm conditions such as atrial fibrillation. Afib is a condition that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

"Atrial fibrillation is the now the most common arrhythmia in America. If it were a disease it would be a pandemic," said Dr. Cary Rose, Cardiologist and Board Certified Electrophysiologist at Orange Park Medical Center.

It is estimated that between 2.7 to 6.1 million Americans have AFib. Dr. Rose says that number is most likely double due to its asymptomatic symptoms.

The number of Americans living with AFib is expected to rise to 12.1 million by the year 2030. With the rapid incline of cases Orange Park Medical Center's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bradley Shumaker says this expansion was necessary.

"Not only does the new space help meet the growing needs of the community but the new labs will allow our physicians to treat cardiac patients with the latest technology," said Dr. Shumaker.