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Donna Hogan

Donna Hogan – Age 55 – Diagnosed with Ventricular Tachycardia

“I am especially grateful to the physicians and staff of the electrophysiology lab at Central Florida Regional Hospital for their special skills in returning my heart to a normal rhythm.  Thanks to them I have been emancipated from my regimen of medications.”

“Sixteen years ago, while on a ski trip in the Sandia Mountains of Albuquerque, New Mexico, I was having the time of my life swishing down the slopes.  By the end of the day my heart was racing at the rate of 155 BPM.  Was this the result of excitement or altitude sickness?  Neither.  Although my physicians speculated I was born with this defect, that day my heart was jolted into super ventricular tachycardia.  After a battery of tests, the electrophysiologist felt sure he could help me by doing an EPT and radiofrequency ablation.  I consented, but unfortunately, the “short circuit” was not to be found.  My condition would now be treated with medication.  I popped 150 mg of medication a day.  After 10 years, I began feeling abnormal beats again.  My cardiologist increased my dosage to three times a day.  And eventually more and more medication was prescribed.  My cardiologist suggested EPS possibly leading to an ablation.  He stated that the technology had changed tremendously over the past 16 years.  I was excited to think that maybe I would be emancipated from these drugs.  After consulting with her electrophysiologist, he felt certain he could ‘zap out’ that pesky short circuit.  At 10 a.m. on June 10, 2009, I was wheeled into the electrophysiology lab at Central Florida Regional Hospital.  The next thing I knew I was staring at the clock and it was 11:20 a.m. I was all fixed!  Life is good.”