Out of breath and out of treatment options
“I used to have episodes of irregular and rapid heartbeats virtually every day.”
Wayne Hummel is a dealer in rare coins, other currency, and precious metals also known as a numismatist. He was an avid jogger, cyclist, and fishing enthusiast in northern Louisiana. However his quality of life significantly deteriorated when he started to experience shortness of breath and rapid heartbeat, often on a daily basis.
“I had no problem jogging a mile or a mile and half, but when I had an episode, I couldn’t jog two blocks,” he said. “I used to have episodes of irregular and rapid heartbeats virtually every day.”
Despite two years of taking medications to treat his atrial fibrillation or Afib, Wayne sought out multiple specialists who could not help him treat the source of his symptoms. “Everyone wanted to treat with drugs first,” he said. “No one treats with ablation in this town.” A friend of Wayne’s, who happened to be a doctor, referred him to cardiac electrophysiologist, Dr. James McKinnie at Jefferson Electrophysiology in Metarie, Louisiana. A cardiac electrophysiologist has additional training on electrical currents that regulate a patient’s heartbeat.
Dr. McKinnie was the fourth doctor Wayne saw about his Afib. Looking to increase the odds of Afib ablation success, Dr. McKinnie recommended FIRM-guided therapy using the Topera Physiologic Rotor Mapping Solution. Since Dr. McKinnie had extensive cardiac ablation experience, Wayne agreed to use Abbott’s patient-specific mapping technology.
After the FIRM-guided therapy, Wayne said his symptoms have been significantly reduced and he is back to his favorite outdoor activities. After experiencing a successful ablation, you can find him enjoying the lush landscapes in sportsmen’s paradise of northern Louisiana as a backdrop to his regular jog, a long stroll or fishing expedition.
Is FIRM-guided therapy right for you? Ask your cardiologist or use the Hospital Locator to find an electrophysiologist in your area.