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.