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VIDEO: My Family’s A-Fib was Misdiagnosed for Years; FIRM Ablation by Dr. Narayan

Susan Klein Personal experience A-Fib story on A-Fib.com

Susan Klein, A-Fib free

A-Fib Patient Story #83

VIDEO: My Family’s A-Fib was Misdiagnosed for Years; FIRM Ablation by Dr. Narayan

By Susan Klein, November 2015

I come from a long line of people with cardiac rhythm disorders. As I write this, I am 67, female and live in Chicago.

At age 42, I realized I hadn’t escaped the family ‘curse’―referred to as “it” or “the mouse running around in my chest.”

Misdiagnosed for Years

Watching my family members suffer with “it”, convinced me that doctors were powerless to stop it. It took me a long time to seek medical advice; and when I first did, I was misdiagnosed.

Along the way I can’t recall how many times I was told to take the medicine and stop looking for trouble.

At 62 I had a particularly severe attack that could not be ignored. My new internist diagnosed me with paroxysmal A-Fib. Finally “it” had a name! I began reading everything I could about the condition but mainly how to make it stop.

Along the way I can’t recall how many times I was told to take the medicine and stop looking for trouble.

Glad I Didn’t Listen to the Naysayers

I’m so glad I didn’t listen, because today I’m A-Fib free and loving it. I owe this to Stanford cardiologist, Dr. Sanjiv Narayan. Please watch the video to learn more about the good doctor’s amazing work.

Lessons Learned

If you have any questions or want more information, please contact me. Susan Klein, smk.klein(at)yahoo.com

Susan Klein

VIDEO: Susan Klein/Breakthrough AFib Care Offered at Stanford Health Care

Description: Susan Klein was like many of the millions who endure the symptoms of atrial fibrillation. Day after day, she could do less and less. After an intense research for definitive treatment, she found Stanford Physician: Sanjiv Narayan, MD, developer of a breakthrough A-Fib mapping technology.
Called ‘Focal Impulse and Rotor Modulation’ (FIRM) Ablation, this technology pinpoints where A-Fib starts in the heart and guides doctors to ablation treatment so definitive that it often becomes a one-time procedure.
Published by Stanford Health Care, Sep 15, 2015. 3:56 min.
Editor’s comments
We thank Susan for sharing her story of heredity (or genetic) Atrial Fibrillation.
To learn about the FIRM mapping system for catheter ablations, read my article: FIRM (Focal Impulse and Rotor Modulation) for Catheter Ablation of A-Fib by Dr. Narayan of UC San Diego, and my 2014 AF Symposium presentation summary, ECGI vs. FIRM: Direct Comparison, Phase/Waveform Mapping.
For more about hereditary (Familial) A-Fib read answers to these FAQs: “Can I Prevent Familial A-Fib with Diet? Supplements?“, and “Is my Atrial Fibrillation genetic? Will my children get A-Fib too?”

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