Atrial fibrillation affects about 2 point 7 million
It's a condition that causes heart palpitations, shortness
of breath and dizziness.
If left untreated.
it can be life-threatening.
I think my heart rate was over 220 at one time.
He had atrial fibrillation; faulty electrical signals
caused his heart to beat out of whack.
If untreated, A-fib can lead to heart failure or stroke.
When meds fail, radiofrequency ablation is used to
heat the heart and destroy tissue that causes the
irregularity, but it isn't always effective.
It actually does cure it.
It gets rid of the signals and gets rid of the arrhythmia
altogether in many patients.
Doctors thread a catheter through the groin and inject
liquid coolant through a small balloon, freezing the
This restores the heart's rhythm for about 90 percent
Terry Smith had the procedure and is back to enjoying
another one of his pastimes; collecting toy trains.
I haven't been in A-fib since I had the procedure,
this last one.
I've been fine.
Now thanks to a new treatment.