Deborah Shere of Janesville underwent an atrial fibrillation ablation procedure on June 29, performed by Dr. Imdad Ahmed at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center–Janesvillle. Atrial fibrillation, commonly known as AFib, is the most common type of treated heart arrhythmia. An arrhythmia is when the heart beats too slowly, too fast, or in an irregular way. Ablation is a treatment of AFib that uses heat (radiofrequency ablation) to eliminate the source of abnormal electrical signals in the heart.
Deborah was the first patient of the day and wanted to attend a baseball game that evening. Two of her grandsons, both 8, play on the same baseball team and it was the week of the championship game so Deborah didn’t want to miss it. Mercyhealth staff told Deborah that they would need to wait and see how she felt after undergoing the ablation. Upon discharge, Deborah was feeling well and had no concerns.
Heidi Rye, a doctor of nursing practice with the Mercyhealth Heart and Vascular Center team, had a son playing baseball at the same ball diamonds that night. She checked in on Deborah and took a picture while she enjoyed cheering on her grandsons.
“It meant everything to be there,” said Deborah who said she took it easy at the game. “I sure love watching my kids and grandkids play,” she said.
Mercyhealth is proud of the recovery process and have seen great outcomes, with the majority of patients being able to go home the same day of their procedure.
“In selected patients undergoing catheter ablation for AFib, same-day discharge is found to be safe due to improvement in recent technology,” said Dr. Ahmed, electrophysiologist at Mercyhealth.
Mercyhealth performs hundreds of atrial fibrillation ablation procedures each year.