Hiking in the mountains of Colorado and cross-country skiing in Michigan were passions for David Dankovic that he nearly gave up when an irregular heart rhythm left him out of breath with the slightest exertion.
After struggling with atrial fibrillation (a racing heartbeat originating in the top chambers of the heart), and pursuing various treatments and medications, “I could function OK sitting around the house or at work, but anything extra was too much. It was impacting my lifestyle.”
Then he discovered that Good Samaritan Hospital was offering a treatment option for atrial fibrillation called catheter ablation. Gaurang Gandhi MD performed the procedure, which uses a catheter to deliver radiofrequency energy to scar the problem area in the heart and eliminate the arrhythmia, on Dankovic.
“It’s wonderful to have such an effective treatment available,” David says. “Not every cardiologist or hospital can do this. It’s been a great success.
“For me, this was an excellent choice,” he continues. David is back to cross country skiing and taking long walks with his wife. “It’s nice to feel like I can do that again. It’s aerobic. It’s fun. We love it.”