Patient Stories

A Towering Success Story!

Feb 6, 2017, 10:04 AM
After a few months, Mr. McTaggart was hiking in the Himalayas. It would be an accomplishment for anyone, but for the 73-year old who struggled with atrial fibrillation for 15 years, the climb signified a new lease on life. Read his story...
Author Name : Dr. Haroon Rashid

There was a time when David McTaggart could hardly carry a bag of groceries up his driveway without being short of breath, or bend over without feeling dizzy. Despite having had a cardiac ablation eight years ago, McTaggart continued to struggle with significant symptoms due to atrial fibrillation.

In an effort to regain his quality of life, McTaggart continued to look for a definitive solution. He met with Dr. Haroon Rashid of Virginia Heart and was impressed by Dr. Rashid’s thorough knowledge of the topic as well as his experience with the latest treatment options.

Dr. Rashid determined that McTaggart was a candidate for a new ablation technique that employs an advanced mapping system known as FIRM (focal impulse and rotor modulation). “Rotor mapping offers another strategy that, when coupled with standard atrial fibrillation ablation, improves outcomes,” said Dr. Rashid.

In McTaggart’s case, that’s quite an understatement. After a few months, McTaggart was hiking in the Himalayas. Beginning at an elevation of 8,500 feet and ascending all the way to 10,200 feet, he covered more than five miles. It would be an accomplishment for anyone, but for the 73-year-old McTaggart, who struggled with atrial fibrillation for 15 years, the climb signified a new—and liberating—lease on life.

“I cannot express enough gratitude to Dr. Rashid for what he did for me,” McTaggart said. But Dr. Rashid said that given his patient’s overall good health, he is not surprised by the outcome. “Given new and exciting technologies, we can help patients who have previously struggled with atrial fibrillation,” he noted. “I expected that if Mr. McTaggart’s atrial fibrillation was controlled, he would feel much better and be able to live life fully—even in the high altitude of the Himalayas.” 

McTaggart Mountains