PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Kathryn Reveille had an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, or Afib.
“I had palpitations. Really, really strong palpitations that were disabling,” she said.
She tried medications, and endured eight shocks to the heart. Nothing worked to keep it in a normal rhythm.
Her heart wasn’t beating effectively. She couldn’t walk without it racing. She had trouble breathing.
“My hospitalizations became more frequent. The stays were longer. One was 23 days,” she said
With Afib, instead of just one area, multiple areas in the top chamber tell the heart to beat. With so many signals, the bottom chambers beat irregularly.
“Our goal is to help them feel better. Our goal is to help prevent a stroke,” St. Clair Hospital heart surgeon Dr. Andy Kiser said.
Ten years ago, Kiser invented a procedure to control Afib, particularly for people who have been in the rhythm for a long time.