Claudia Huerta (44) experienced high resting heart rates, fatigue and dizziness, which prompted her to schedule a visit with her primary care physician. Follow-up monitoring with Cedars-Sinai resulted in a diagnosis of hereditary paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AFib)/flutter (13% burden).
During COVID, I started to feel very drained, very exhausted. There were moments where I would be sitting down just working or just taking a break. And I started to feel palpitations. I decided to see my primary physician first. He says, well, start being more active again, so start exercising, get your, get your rhythm going again. And so I did, I decided to join a new gym as I started to exercise more, I started to feel the palpitations more to the point where I was getting dizzy. Um I had to stop because I felt like I couldn't breathe. I was feeling very nervous and a bit stressed. He assured me, um I had a lot of options and I would be fine in my mind. I said, no, you're not. No, you are not going to convince me to do this. He sat down, he explained a a again and he explained the ablation and what he was going to do, the confidence that he had in just explaining it and making it sound like it wasn't so scary as I had imagined. I decided to move forward with the ablation going through this process. Has made me change in the fact that I think it's helped me push myself more. The goal of actually participating in a muscle contest had never been something I felt I could accomplish. Doctor die. And the nurse practitioner both reached out the day of my show to wish me luck. It made me feel amazing. I am such a strong believer of that phrase. It takes a village. And so for me, not only did I have the best team and support here at my gym, but I also had my village and my team from Cedar S nine. I was able to keep pushing here physically because I felt that they had my back and they were taking care of me medically. They were a huge part of my journey.