She’s Feeling Strong after a Heart Procedure
After a cardiac ablation procedure, Holly Vincent is now finally able to truly do all the things she wants.
When 47-year-old Holly Vincent was 30, she was diagnosed with heart palpitations. Through the years, she took beta blockers on and off to manage the condition.
“My maternal grandmother and great-grandmother had a history of heart disease, but I was able to keep my heart palpitations under control, and wasn’t seeing a cardiologist,” Vincent said.
Years later, Vincent knew that something was going on beyond the heart palpitations. “I wasn’t sure what it was, but knew that something wasn’t quite right,” she said. She was put on a Holter monitor to record her heart’s activity. A Holter monitor is a portable device that measures and records the activity of the heart continuously to detect any abnormal heart rhythms.
The Holter showed an abnormal and very rapid heart rhythm, and Vincent was referred to Electrophysiologist Nilofar Islam, M.D.
Dr. Islam diagnosed Vincent with atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia, or AVNRT, and suggested a cardiac ablation. Although Vincent was surprised, and a little nervous, at the thought of a cardiac procedure, she said she had complete confidence in Dr. Islam.
For her procedure, Vincent was required to stay overnight on the Cardiac Care Unit at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. “During the ablation, Dr. Islam discovered that I had a left atrial pathway that also needed to be corrected, which is rare,” she said. “I was admitted to the Cardiac Care Unit overnight for observation. The staff on the unit were wonderful, as were the invasive imaging and anesthesia staff.”
Days after the procedure, Vincent could already notice a difference. She felt her heart beating differently, and knew the problem had been corrected. “I felt strong, and I have so much more energy now,” she said.
“I am now finally able to truly do all the things I want,” Vincent added. “To have this fixed once and for all is a lovely feeling.”
MidMichigan Health offers a full array of heart and vascular services, including open heart surgery, vascular surgery, electrophysiology for heart rhythm problems and advanced interventional procedures. Those who would like additional information on MidMichigan’s comprehensive cardiovascular team may visit www.midmichigan.org/heart.