Friday, April 18, 2014

One Year Ago Today

One year ago today I had cryoablation for my arrhythmic heart.  My heart went bad in 1Q2010.  The problem was originally diagnosed as atrial fibrillation, but it was actually flutter.  An RF ablation done in Seattle in August of 2010 fixed the flutter for awhile.  However, flutter arises from fib, and I eventually left normal sinus rhythm almost every stinking time I rode a bicycle with any effort.  There would be irregular heart beats, crazy fast heart rates, the works.  It was pretty depressing.

I eventually found an accomplished surgeon in Phoenix who did the cryoablation procedure.
It's life changing.  Before the procedure I felt like crap all the time.  I didn't realize how bad I felt until I didn't.  About three months after the procedure I felt good.  Out of shape, but good! If one makes it one year with no events, there is a 95% chance one is cured.

Since cryo I have had no, none, not any events on the bicycle.  That was my trigger 99% of the time.  I can now stand up on hills, ride really hard and not worry about it anymore.  I am so grateful to Dr. Su and his team for giving my back my life.


  1. A big thumbs up for your one year anniversary!

  2. Congratulations on your one year anniversary. It is so easy to take one's good health for granted. I appreciate your determination in finding the right surgeon and applaud you for staying active in spite of the challenge.

  3. What a wonderful relief that must be. So glad you found a good surgeon and got an excellent result!

  4. Inspiring news! Isn't it funny how easily we forget what it's like to feel good when we've been sick awhile?