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Frightening Night Leads to Discovery of the Heart

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night, unable to breathe or call out for help. It happened to Patience. Later she learned she had a serious heart problem.

Patience had atrial fibrillation (a-fib), or irregular heartbeat, and a clot in the left atrium of her heart.

“My atrial valve was malformed,” Patience said. “You are supposed to have three pieces that open and close, and I only had two.” So Anish Amin, MD, an OhioHealth physician specializing in a-fib, and his team set out to discover what was triggering Patience’s a-fib.

“She’s strong-willed, and we knew she was going to have a great recovery,” Dr. Amin said. “She’s a perfect example of somebody who’s doing her part, doing rehab, making lifestyle modifications, and at the same time has access to great care and is able to get a great result.”

“I’m really feeling good,” Patience said with gratitude in her voice. “I love Dr. Amin.”

OhioHealth provides specialized, life-saving care to more than 115,000 heart and vascular patients each year. You can learn more here.