Missed Beats, Missed Time with Family
"My irregular heartbeat became an obstacle."
Aaron had a condition called atrial fibrillation. When the heart has abnormal electrical firings, it beats rapidly and irregularly causing fatigue, shortness of breath and lack of energy.
"It really became a huge obstacle and an enemy in my life. I grew to resent it," says Aaron, who had tried medication to treat the condition, without success.
The couple, from Lewis Center, Ohio, discussed next steps. "I want him to be around for the kids and for me," says Courtney. "You don't want him to wake up every day, feeling miserable and not in control of his health."
A Decision and Peace of Mind
"I knew I'd be taken care of."
Aaron decided to have a procedure at Ohio State's Ross Heart Hospital to fix his heart and reclaim his quality of life. He chose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center over other facilities because of its commitment to new, cutting-edge technology and the staff's openness about the procedure and what the future held for his irregular heartbeat.
"I knew I'd be taken care of and that they'd do the right thing," says Aaron. "That gave me peace of mind."
The medical team kept Courtney informed before, during and after her husband's procedure. "When Aaron was under anesthesia during the procedure, they told me how he's doing," she says. "They were always in contact and keeping us informed. You can't put a price on that. We felt like we were in great hands."
Aaron appreciates that attention to his family. "That's one reason I chose to go to Ohio State," he says. "They took care of my family when I couldn't. They not only cared for me and my family, but they do this with every single patient."
A Sigh of Relief, Full Speed Ahead
"I can live free again."
After the procedure, Aaron says he woke up feeling great. "I saw my wife and gave her a big kiss," he says. "I got a chance to see my daughters, and the floodgates opened. My girls and my wife and my family are so important to me. It was a tremendous sigh of relief."
Aaron doesn't have to struggle anymore to keep up with his three daughters. "My girls go at 20 miles a minute. You can imagine how tough it would be if you felt like you were paralyzed with an irregular heartbeat," he says. "The docs at Ohio State took care of me. I get to do things with my family and I can live free again."