By Buffy Gilfoil for Heart Insight Magazine
Photo by Kirk Stephen Jordan
During my initial appointment with cardiologist Christopher Stees, he paid close attention when I told my story. My first known episode of atrial fibrillation (AFib) had been eight years earlier, in 2007, at age 56. At the time, I had dismissed it as an isolated occurrence. Some might call that denial.
About five years after that incident, I happened to volunteer for a medical study focusing on lungs. Along with the examination of my lungs, which were in good shape, I had EKGs, some of which showed AFib. The study doctor advised me to see a cardiologist, but I still said my problem was idiopathic, rare and isolated. Some might call that avoidance.