• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Slowing Down a Quick Heartbeat

June 26, 2016

patient Jim Davis with his racing bicycle

This story originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.

For 10 years, Jim Davis had a rapid heartbeat. He was otherwise healthy, though, so Jim wasn't particularly worried about it. He blamed the quick heart rate on his morning coffee.

In time, however, the condition began to affect his daily life. Medication didn't seem to help. When Jim sought care at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, his doctor discovered an underlying heart disorder that had gone undiagnosed.

Doctors were able to address his heart problems with a procedure called cardiac catheter ablation.

Today Jim's heart is still in rhythm. The rest of his life picked up the beat. "The ablation totally changed the quality of my life," Jim says. "Before it, I couldn't be the husband and father I wanted to be. The impact is priceless." Read the rest of Jim's story.