I love stories about successful afib cures.
Bruce MacDonald is a 58 year old avid cyclist. How avid, you ask? So avid that he once did a 755 mile long race.
Afib put a damper on his cycling career, however. Not only did Bruce find himself unable to participate in his normal athletic activities but he suffered a stroke, too.
He recovered from the stroke, but obviously it was time to consider something other than pills.
Only months after his procedure, Bruce found himself off of his medication and back on his bike. Amazingly, he entered Paris Brest Paris, and completed 755 miles that he never thought he’d ride again!
The maze procedure is minimally invasive.
The maze procedure is a surgical treatment for atrial fibrillation. The surgeon can use small incisions, radio waves, freezing, or microwave or ultrasound energy to create scar tissue. The scar tissue, which does not conduct electrical activity, blocks the abnormal electrical signals causing the arrhythmia. The scar tissue directs electric signals through a controlled path, or maze, to the lower heart chambers (ventricles).
The maze procedure is usually done during open-heart surgery. The maze procedure can stop atrial fibrillation in most people
All surgeries carry risks, so doctors generally don’t want to make them the first option for afib patients.
However, stories like these give me some hope that each of us can see our conditions cured and dealt.
Have you had the Maze procedure? What was it like? What is the status of your symptoms now? Please share your story in the comments below.