"Atrial Fibrillation, not quite a life sentence but close...

Anyone who has had it knows the depths of despair it brings and mine was particularly difficult to manage in the early years. After a few surgical interventions on me by others, Prash returned from overseas and managed to tame the condition even further. Not eliminated, but much more manageable and more importantly, liveable with. A subsequent pacemaker has been the best option and means that I can make the best of my life. There are difficult decisions with this condition and Prash has helped me make those decisions over the years and then fully supported them.

"My name is Therese and I am 22 years old. I have just completed a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) degree at Curtin University in Western Australia. Volunteering with the State Emergency Service is something I am passionate about, this involves long strenuous work at all hours of day or night. About a year ago, I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation (AF). I would like to share my experience, particularly for those who have been diagnosed with this condition at a young age. 

We'll be adding more stories to share with you soon.  Everyone has a unique experience of their condition.  Hopefully by sharing stories you will be able to relate to others and gain a greater understanding and confidence along your journey.

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    • Professor Sanders says...

      Atrial fibrillation is a consequence of several reversible risk factors - high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, sleep apnoea, and excessive alcohol. Your management of atrial fibrillation must include strict control of these risk factors.

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