View Personal Stories About AF Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation


Hear about the experiences of people who have received catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. You’ll learn firsthand what life was like for these particular patients, both before and after their procedures.

These stories reflect individual experiences. Not every person will receive the same results. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options. Only your doctor can determine if this therapy is right for you.


Sue is a 68-year-old retired nurse who, faced with the uncertainty of when her AFib episodes would occur and a strong desire to attend her son's upcoming wedding, decided to investigate cryoablation as a potential treatment option. Post-procedure, her husband, Donald, declared, "It was like a shot of adrenaline into her and she was back to her old self almost immediately."


Ben is a fitness-oriented 32-year-old who has battled AFib since he was 19 years old. His recurring symptoms were not worth the risk of continuing the sports that he loved. His failed radiofrequency ablation led him to a new physician that suggested he try cryoablation. Since his cryoablation, his quality of life is back 100% and he is not holding himself back from his sports any longer.


Theo owns a personal chef business and is an avid sailor and cyclist. He had never imagined that at 50 years old, AFib would affect every aspect of his life and severely impact his normal ability to live life to its fullest. One day he received a mailer from an electrophysiologist at a local hospital who was holding a talk about AFib. That talk changed his life and ultimately gave him his life back.


As a real estate investor with a passion for sailing, Anton needed to be alert, healthy and ready to move whenever the wind changed direction, on the market or on the water. Long solo sailing trips on the open ocean were a regular part of his life, but troubling signs of a heart problem added an unwelcome element of danger in recent years. After several episodes of an irregular heartbeat, weakness, and shortness of breath over a period of half a year, Anton was diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF).


John is a 75-year-old retired truck salesman who received a Reveal LINQ™ insertable cardiac monitor that helped diagnosed his AF. After consulting with his doctor, he decided to have a cryoablation procedure.


Dawn is an active woman from California who began experiencing symptoms several years ago. After undergoing a cryoablation procedure is 2015, Dawn said, "The cryoablation procedure has enabled me to continue the lifestyle that I've have enjoyed for so long."


Dick has always led an active lifestyle including competitive tennis, golfing, and biking. When he was first diagnosed with atrial fibrillation at age 70, he was not ready to let the diagnosis slow him down. Dick was prescribed AF medication to treat his AF, but he wanted a more permanent solution.


Norma was about 40 years old when she first began experiencing symptoms of Afib (atrial fibrillation). After her husband read an article about the cryoablation procedure, she made an appointment with a physician. Norma stated that, "After the cryoablation, the quality of my life improved tremendously." Now she is once again able to spend time with her grandchildren.


Nathan is a busy father and husband who first noticed symptoms when he was 35. After meeting with his doctor, he decided to have a cryoablation procedure. "I could tell from the moment I woke up I was me again." Now Nathan is living life "full steam" again.


Gordy remembers when his heart palpitations started over 10 years ago. His heart would pound rapidly for a few beats or a few minutes, then stop by itself. “I could even feel the racing pulse in my fingertips,” described Gordy, age 74 (age at time of interview). “The episodes gradually became more frequent, lasted longer, and often woke me up at night.” Even though Gordy is a pathologist, a doctor specializing in diseases, it took a heart doctor friend to convince him to have some tests.


When he did not get the results he wanted from medication, Jim attended a seminar on cryoablation. After one night in the hospital, Jim is back to living life.


Heath is a partner in a software consulting company. When he first started noticing symptoms of AF, they were infrequent. When they began occurring more often, he made an appointment with his cardiologist and was referred to an electrophysiologist (EP). He chose to have a cryoablation procedure over drug therapy.


As a physician himself, Jay is very aware of every abnormal heartbeat and was diagnosed with AF at age 55. “Medication reduced the number of AF episodes at first,” but left Jay with no energy or interest in doing anything else. Jay and his heart specialist discussed a catheter ablation procedure as an alternative to medication for treating AF.


Barbara was on a hike when she first began experiencing symptoms. She had always been very active and even played on the LPGA tour. She was prescribed anti-arrhythmic drugs (AADs), but they were not working effectively. She decided to have a cryoablation procedure and now says she has her quality of life back.


Ching Ling was a professional tennis player and began experiencing symptoms of Afib during a match. She tried several medications, but her symptoms returned within 18 months and she was unhappy with the side effects. She first had a radiofrequency ablation, and then a cryoablation procedure. She is now symptom-free.

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