Fatigued and fed-up with afib
“I wish I would have found my doctor and your (Abbott Electrophysiology’s) procedure years ago.”
As a veteran of the military, Brad Pierzchala was always physically active. He enjoyed hunting and other outdoor activities until he began to experience symptoms of atrial fibrillation or Afib. “It robbed me of my activities,” Brad said. “I felt tired throughout the day.”
After watching his father struggle to manage his Afib, Brad put off dealing with his own serious heart rhythm disorder for nearly a decade after he began experiencing symptoms. When he did seek treatment, Brad started taking medication to manage his symptoms. But Afib and related health issues sent him to the hospital on three separate occasions for several days at a time. “The medicine wasn’t working,” he said. “I had an episode at home where I stood up from a chair and fell backwards. My wife checked my blood pressure and it was through the roof, so she called an ambulance.”
During a routine visit to his doctor’s office Brad’s cardiac vitals were off the chart again. His doctor immediately admitted him to the hospital and after reviewing his limited treatment options, Brad decided on cardiac ablation. A few weeks before the procedure, Brad’s doctor introduced him to Abbott Electrophysiology’s FIRM-guided therapy and recommended its use during his procedure. The technology has shown promise in increasing cardiac ablation success rates. This innovative approach offered Brad’s doctors at the Texas Heart Institute of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston a unique view of his specific sources of arrhythmia.
Following the cardiac ablation, Brad’s fatigue lifted and he’s back enjoying the great outdoors. While this technology wasn’t available to his father, Brad’s happy to have been one of the first to receive FIRM-guided therapy. Brad says, “I wish I would have found my doctor and your [Abbott Electrophysiology’s] procedure years ago.”
Content on this site is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for discussing your condition and treatment options with your doctor. As with any invasive procedure, complications can occur during a cardiac ablation. Talk to your doctor about all possible risks and benefits. All products presented on this site are prescribed by your doctor only and are not appropriate for all patients. Although many patients have benefited from FIRM-guided therapy, results may vary.