- By Laurel Kelly
In the Loop: Pat Brickhouse — cardiac rehab success story
Pat Brickhouse's upcoming book about her life with legendary Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Brickhouse includes stories of her Mayo Clinic experience.
Four years ago, Pat Brickhouse began experiencing symptoms she knew were more than the normal wears and tears of 80 years of life. A doctor near her home in Chicago confirmed her suspicions: she had atrial fibrillation. "It got to be so severe that I couldn't walk more than a few steps without losing my breath," Pat tells us.
Despite treatment, Pat's symptoms went from bad to worse. "My legs were swelling up and filling with so much fluid I could hardly walk," she says. "I was in and out of the hospital — just lying there in constant pain."
This story originally appeared on the In the Loop blog.