Here’s another a-fib success story! Sgt. John Thibault of the Wauconda Police Department has been cured of a-fib symptoms after going in for a catheter ablation procedure.
He spent just one night in the hospital.
He shares his experience in the video below.
One thing that’s really fun about these success stories is the number of times we hear about patients who get to go back to enjoying physical activities that a-fib had once taken away from them.
He was back to work within a few days and jogging three weeks later. Four months after the procedure he ran 5.1 miles in a torch run for the Special Olympics.
This had to be a particular relief for Thibault; in a career like his the condition could have taken away his work in addition to putting him at risk for a stroke and taking away his other physical activities.
Another thing that was interesting about this story was his initial reluctance to go see a doctor. It helps to demonstrate that it’s both important and beneficial to go see your doctor as soon as things start to go wrong or feel funny.
Some people avoid going early because they fear it’s “nothing” and they don’t want to waste the doctor’s time, their own time, or their money. But early treatment can offer a-fib patients much better outcomes.
Do you have a success story that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below, especially if you were also afraid to go to the doctor at first!