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A-Fib Patient Stories: Listed by Posting Order

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Other A-Fib patients have been where you are right now. Dozens have shared their personal experience (starting with the Steve Ryan’s story in 1998). The most recent A-Fib patient story is listed first. Click on any story title (or patient name) to jump to the individual story page.

Story #Personal Experience TitlePatient name
102.Atrial Fibrillation and a Catastrophic Mini-Maze SurgeryLorrie C.
101.A Failed Ablation, then AVNRT Diagnosed and 2nd Ablation—Now Finally A-Fib FreeBob Thompson
100.“Your A-Fib is Just Nerves”…”Try Not to Think About It”; At 72 Finally A-Fib & PVCs-Free After 2 Ablations, But Then a SetbackCecelia Hender
99.At 55, A-Fib After Underwater Hockey―Then 2 Failed Ablations & a 3rd Using the ECGI VestMartin Johnson
98.At Age 13, Treatment for Acne Reveals Need for a Cardiologist! A-Fib Hits EarlyWarren Darakanada
97.Major Coumadin Problems, on Sotalol For 8 Years, Then Cryoballoon Ablation at Age 74Larry Stichweh
96.Silent Persistent A-Fib: A Proactive Patient’s 3-Year Journey to Burden ReliefFrances E. Koepnick
95.Now A-Fib Free: A 23-Year Atrial Fibrillation Ordeal: Trial, Tribulations and RecoveryCharn Deol
94.Finally in Sinus Rhythm After 4 Years in Chronic Asymptomatic Atrial FibrillationRoger Finnern
93.Prayer and CyroAblation: A-Fib Free! But Now Persistent PVCsAGL
92.Jamaican Woman, 21, Living in A-Fib with Meager TreatmentAshley Mogg
91.Urinary Tract Infection Leads to Persistent A-Fib Followed by Two Failed CardioversionsJay from Virginia
90.Frustrated, Crosses Canadian Border for Ablation by Dr. Andrea Natale in Austin, TXRani and Moni Minhas
89.In A-Fib for 15 Years, Eventually is Incapacitated, Unable to WorkTerry Traver
88.My A-Fib Story: The Healing Power of PrayerAyatinGL
87.Cardiologists Offer Little A-Fib Advice, Even to a Fellow Doctor!John Bennett, MD
86.My A-Fib Returns: A Third Ablation with Post-PVA ComplicationMarilyn Shook
85.GPA Disease Means No Blood Thinners: How to Deal with A-Fib Stroke Risk?William F. Covert
84.PVC-Free After Successful Ablation at Mayo Clinic by Dr. MulpuruJohn Thorton
83.VIDEO: My Family’s A-Fib was Misdiagnosed for Years; FIRM Ablation by Dr. Narayan Susan Klein
82.Retired Nurse: Over 3 Years A-Fib Free (Husband Had A-Fib, Too) Lisa S.
81.Two Months After A-Fib Diagnosis, 62-Year Old Cyclist Has CyroBalloon Ablation; Difficult Three-Month Blanking Period Joe Mirretti
80.Very Active 54-Year Old Became His Own Patient Advocate; Chose Ablation as First Line Treatment Tony Hall
79.Philippino Dr. with A-Fib Has Amiodarone Problems—Then ECGI & Ablation at Bordeaux Dr. Carlo Romero
78.15 years in A-Fib: CryoBalloon Ablation, Pradaxa Problems, Second Ablation (RF) for Flutter Jeff Patten
77.MD develops A-Fib After Subdural Brain Hemorrhage & Heart Block; Chooses LAA Closure, Then Two Ablations by Dr. Vivek ReddyDr. Sam T., MD
76.100 Mile/Week Bicyclist Develops A-Fib, Opts for Ablation by Dr. Saumil Oza at St Vincent’s in FLLuther Tilghman
75.Helped by “Beat Your A-Fib”, CryoBalloon Ablation by Dr. Wilber Su, Phoenix, AZKathleen Haxton
74.Amiodarone Damages Thyroid—A-Fib Free After 2 Ablations by Dr. Marc Dubuc,  Montreal Heart Institute Louis Therrien
73.A-Fib Success with Naturopathic Assistance—Over 10 Months A-Fib Free!Kathy Reynolds
72.12 Years in A-Fib: Fainting and Dangerous Falls But No Health Insurance, Abusive Husband—Finally Catheter Ablation by Dr. Roy JohnSandy from Boston
71.No Way Am I Having an Ablation! But Diet and Meds Disappoint— A-Fib Free After AblationSaul Lisauskas
70.Meds are Working: By Losing Weight, Reducing Stress and Increasing Exercise Meds Dosage is Reduced by 50% and Blood Pressure Returns to Normal Alvin Drelich
69. Wait and See” Approach to Atrial Fibrillation is NOT for Me; New Force Sensing Catheter Ablation by Dr. Vivek Reddy Jon Greenspan
68. Living with A-Fib for Twenty Years! Former Pro Basketball Player Sells A-Fib Monitoring Devices & Develops A-Fib; ‘Stress and the Heart-Brain’ Connection. Jon Darcee
67. 80-Year-Old Athlete: Cardioversion, Flecainide Side Effects, Then Multaq; A-Fib-Free after Ablation by Dr. Alexander Dtril Tom Burt
66. My A-Fib Dog Yuki—a ‘Home Remedy’? Julia Fridrich
65. Triple Bypass in 2007, Later Develops A-Fib; Learn what made a huge difference in the quality of Dave’s life Dave Summerour
64.Triathlete 18 years in A-Fib, on Amiodarone for eight years―then A-Fib free after ablation by Dr. Padraig O’Neill Mike Jones
63.Active 64-Year-Old with Family History of A-Fib Gets a CryoBalloon Ablation by Dr. Mazzie Eight Weeks after First A-Fib Attack―Bad Reaction to Diltiazem and MultaqPat Truesdale
62.Ablation at Bordeaux After Failed Mini-Maze OperationDick Inglis
61.After Years in A-Fib, New Energy and Improved LifeJim McGauley 
60.Pill-In-The-Pocket, Then Ablation at Stanford by Dr. Zei—Force Sensing Catheter Clinical Trail.Mark Lowry
59.Mystery Herb May Have Caused A-Fib. Swollen Legs (Edema). Chronic Case Cured by Dr. Andrea NataleRose Vernier
58.What I wish They’d Told Me About Ablation for A-Fib. Two CryoAblations by Dr. Kerwin, Problems with Pradaxa, Difficult Recovery Period, Lung Damage, Dealing with the Fear the A-Fib May Return.Anthony Bladon
57.Point of No Return’—AV Node Ablation and PacemakerBev Stansfield
56.A-Fib Started At Age 23!—Ablation by Dr. Eric Good at Un. of Michigan Chris
55.In A-Fib at Age 25!—Deals with the AnxietyJay Teresi 
54.A-Fib at 24—Five Years Later Gets Ablation by Dr. Natale Justin
53.Two Heart Attacks and Bypass Surgeries, then A-Fib Free After a Cryoballoon AblationKen Hungerford 
52.Overcoming Silent A-Fib—Ablation by Dr. PatrawalaKevin Sullivan 
51.Alcohol Addiction Causes A-Fib. Cardioversion, then A-Fib Ablation by Dr. Mazur at The Un. of IowaKris
50.Pacemaker & A-Fib Ablation—You Can Have an A-Fib Ablation if You Have a PacemakerMara Margolis
49.Successful Ablation at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in BostonMark 
48.80-Year-old Gets a Watchman DeviceRevelacion Abracosa
47.Seven Bypasses!—Then Ablation by Dr. Oza at St. Vincent’s HospitalRichard McCoy
46.A Long And Bumpy Road—Unfortunate First Ablation, then Second Ablation by Dr. ReddyRick Fitspatrick
45.My Xanax (alprazolam) Sally 
44.Hopefully a Cryocor SuccessTed Shurman
43.A-Fib Causes Devastating Effects—From Shanghai To Bordeaux. Unusual Right Atrial Appendage AblationMax Jussila 
42.Cured After 30 Years in A-Fib by Dr. MarroucheMichele Straube
41.Dangers of High Frequency VibrationsDon Thompson 
40.In Sinus Rhythm After Maze Operation and Four Catheter AblationsGlenn Bickert 
39.A-Fib for 38 Years—Stays on CoumadinJan Claire 
38.Two Failed Ablations in 2006; Finally Success In 2010Jim 
37.Awake During an Electrical Cardioversion ShockKris
36.Bordeaux Treatment Turns into NightmareMark Hadfiled
35.Switching From Metoprolol to Nebivolol (Brand Name Bystolic)Rose Vernier 
34.A-Fib Free After Two Ablations Down Under (Australia)Warren Welsh 
33.Second Ablation at Provo, Utah by Dr. Chun HwangEd 
32.Not Necessary to Go to Top-Name A-Fib Centers to Have Excellent Care and Good ResultsGreg White
31.Living With a Pacemaker/ICDIra David Levin
30.Twelve Years with Few Symptoms Then Successful PVA(I) But Still on MedsBill
29.What It Feels Like to Have a PVI at the Un. of PennsylvaniaMark
28.Ablation For V-Tach (Ventricular Tachycardia) at Mass. General by Dr. Vivek Reddy―Coping With ICD ShockRyan Townsend
27.Ablation for Persistent (Chronic) A-Fib at Chapel, Hill by Dr. Paul Mounsey, UNCWesley Dukes 
26.It Takes Three Ablations—Dealing with The “Paralysis of Analysis” that A-Fib Patients often Face—Faith and A-FibLou Aiello
25.“Pill-In-the-Pocket” for Five Years, then Catheter Ablation for a CureMarilyn Shook
24.Pill-In-the-Pocket” Worked—But Turns to 3rd Catheter Ablation for a CureLeon
23.A-Fib Symptom Free Since 2001, Thanks to Dr. MarchlinskiAdam R. Smith
22.Ablation at New Delhi, India for $5,200Barry Gordon 
21.25 Years in A-FibGisela Zukor 
20.From Nepal to Bordeaux—Treatment of Chronic A-FibRaju Tuladhar
19.Mowing the Lawn Three Days After an AblationReese Smith
18.The Saltman Microwave Mini-Maze Operation for A-FibShloime 
17.My Cryoballoon Ablation (Clinical Trial) StoryTerry Dewitte
16.Very Sensitive to Medications—She Gets a Pulmonary Vein AblationBeverly Reynolds
15.Cyclist/Triathlete with Persistent A-FibEd Webb
14.International Traveler/Scuba Diver Dizzy and Fainting from A-FibMichael Waring
13.My Magnesium Success Story and a CautionJames Adams
12.Toxic Effects of Amiodarone—What Could Have Prevented this Death?Karen Muccino
11.Cured at the Cleveland ClinicSusan Richards 
10.BCAA with GLNHarold Bosworth 
9.BCAA With Gln Success StoryTom Lisak 
8.Water TherapyRon Gomez
7.Magnesium Success Stories 2004-2005Daniel, Floyd, Ian, James, Ditlef and Bruce
6.Marathon Runner’s A-Fib Story―”This Heart Rate Monitor must be Defective; It’s Reading 225-250 during Workouts! I’m Sending it back.”Jerry
5. A-Fib Free through Supplements and Epson SaltsAlbuquerque friend
4.His Successful A-Fib Ablation: Husband and Wife Each Tell Their StoryEarl and Flo
3.Mirjana Clark’s A-Fib ExperienceMirjana Clark 
2.Robert Dell’s A-Fib Experience: “Daddy is always tired.” Daddy needed his life back.Robert Dell 
1.Finding My A‑Fib Cure: Early Focal Catheter Ablation Procedure in 1998Steve S Ryan

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