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Fern Bouchard's Story

Fern Bouchard

"Something magical happened"

The BMC EP lab treats patients with a wide variety of arrhythmias, including supraventricular tachycardia, atrial flutter and fibrillation, and ventricular tachycardia.

One of those patients is Fern Bouchard, who suffered for years with heart palpitations that led to frequent trips to the Emergency Department. "It felt like a heart attack," she said. "The palpitations just couldn't be controlled."

Her cardiologist, Georgianne Valli-Harwood, MD, referred Mrs. Bouchard to BMC electrophysiologist Peter S. Hahn, MD. "He was very interesting and very smart," she recalls. "He told me he could fix it."

Mrs. Bouchard underwent catheter ablation while sedated, but awake enough to be aware of what was taking place. Ablation is a procedure that can correct heart rhythm problems by scarring or destroying tissue that blocks the electrical signal that travels through your heart to make it beat. By clearing the signal pathway of the abnormal tissue, your heart may beat normally again.

 "Dr. Hahn talked with me throughout the entire procedure, and I was very impressed with everyone else who was there," she said. "I felt very safe. Once Dr. Hahn found what he was looking for, something magical happened, I guess, because I haven't had any episodes since. I think BMC is very lucky to have him."

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