Tom’s Atrial Fibrillation Care at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
As an active father of seven, Tom was surprised to learn he had atrial fibrillation, or AFib, during a routine check-up. After a recommendation from his sister, a manager in UPMC Shadyside’s electrophysiology clinic, Tom visited Samir Saba, MD, for an evaluation.
Dr. Saba recommended a noninvasive procedure using electrical shock to normalize Tom’s heart rhythm initially. After a few weeks, Tom’s shortness of breath and fatigue had returned and Dr. Saba considered further options. In December of 2014, Tom underwent a catheter-based ablation — a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Thanks to excellent surgical techniques and full explanations of what to expect, Tom feels great now almost a full year later.
Learn more about Tom’s AFib story and the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute.