Woman's life back again after cardiovascular disease treatment
Around 84 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease, and many are undiagnosed.
Glenna Love and her husband Bob have been married for 34 years. They've always loved traveling the world together, but two years ago Glenna became very ill.
"I couldn't breathe, my heart was racing very fast it felt irregular,” Glenna explained. “We quit traveling, we quit doing everything; basically my life stopped."
After being misdiagnosed by several doctors then getting a pacemaker - Glenna was finally told she had atrial fibrillation, a common heart condition that causes an irregular heartbeat.
Glenna was referred to Dr. Hakan Paydak
"It is very symptomatic for the patient, they feel miserable and eventually it might cause heart failure and weakening of the heart muscle,” said Dr. Paydak.
Dr. Paydak first prescribed medicine then a surgical procedure known as an ablation that destroys the small area of heart tissue causing the irregular heartbeats; neither worked.
“So when she continued these symptoms and feeling miserable, I thought that we should offer her a second ablation procedure,” Dr. Paydak said.
Dr. Waddah Maskoun was Glenna’s surgeon and explains the surgery can be a lengthy procedure with major risks.
"Including from bleeding, injury to blood vessels, stroke, heart attack or even death,” said Dr. Maskoun.
Glenna was so sick. For her, the risk was worth it.
"It's probably the most miserable feeling that you could imagine,” Glenna said.
After the procedure Glenna said she immediately felt like a new woman - and can't wait to get back to gardening, writing and visiting new destinations with Bob.
"These two gentlemen gave me back my life,” Glenna said.
According to the American Heart Association there are at least 2.7 million Americans living with atrial fibrillation.
Risk factors include advanced age, high blood pressure, alcohol use or a family history.
To lower your risk, doctors suggest you exercise regularly, eat a heart healthy diet, don't smoke, avoid excessive amounts of alcohol and caffeine and manage cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.