Afib kept interfering with Paul Silver’s life. He is a symphony musician in Pittsburgh, PA who often had to travel.
He had episodes on flights–scary!
He received a catheter ablation (called a PVI in the article) and it was a great success.
Today, Paul feels like a completely different person. “I haven’t had any episodes of atrial fibrillation since I had my PVI. The odds are very high that I won’t have a recurrence of arrhythmias. That has given me complete confidence to be active and travel anywhere I want,” said Paul, who resides in Mt. Lebanon with his wife, Linda, a music teacher. They have three adult children: Sarah, David and Jeremy.
Here’s another interesting fact about this story. Paul believes his music helped him recover too.
He points out that music has been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure, alleviate pain, and remove stress. He’s part of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Music and Wellness Program, and he actually works with healthcare professionals to bring live, therapeutic music to patients.
So the next time you’re starting to feel the kind of stress that brings on an episode, you should perhaps think about putting on some nice bit of classical or relaxing music. It certainly won’t hurt anything to do so, and it may even help.
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