Personal Stories

Read about and listen to the experiences of people who have received catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. You’ll learn first-hand what life was like for these particular patients, both before and after their procedures. Please keep in mind that, as with all medical treatment, the results of catheter ablation may vary.

Paul’s Story

Paul Joel of Sheffield, England noticed that his heart seemed to be racing when he was lying still in his bed at night. At first, he did not think much of it. The 53-year-old machine worker led an active life in his home town in northern England. He worked full time, sailed regularly, and was an avid cyclist.  


Gunther’s Story

In 2004, Gunther Faber began to experience episodes of accelerated heart rhythm. Puzzled by this occurrence he moved forward his annual physical check-up. On viewing Gunther’s ECG, his doctor of 25 years diagnosed both atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation. The diagnosis certainly came as a surprise to Gunther who had played top-level sports when young and had not appreciably slowed down as he got older.


Cryoablation for AF: Before and After

AF.Chapter1.Life with Afib
Chapter 1: Life with AF
AF.Chapter2.What is Afib?
Chapter 2: What is AF?
AF.Chapter3.Treatment Options
Chapter 3: Treatment Options
AF.Chapter4.Cryoablation Procedure
Chapter 4: Cryoablation Procedure with Arctic Front
Chapter 5: Risks and Complications
AF.Chapter6.Recovery and Followup
Chapter 6: Recovery and Follow-up
Chapter 7: Life After Cryoablation

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 6 Nov 2012

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