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Becky Holter: Atrial Flutter
When Becky Holter began planning her wedding, she couldn’t have imagined how much her health would interfere with her plans. Becky was born with a hole in her heart and a leaking mitral valve. A year before her August 1997 wedding, she was chronically fatigued and received a stress test and an echocardiogram.

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Charles Bergold: Atrial Flutter
His heart condition first became apparent in 1993, when he collapsed while visiting a friend at a hospital. He was diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia, and after years of antiarrhythmic medication, he ultimately received an implantable defibrillator. But that was just the beginning of his heart problems.

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Beth Titus: Atrial Tachycardia
Beth was diagnosed with an atrial tachycardia in 1996, after experiencing daily 5 to 20 minute episodes that left her lightheaded and dizzy. She was placed on medication to control the arrhythmia. Because her episodes were often triggered by exercise, she also had to abstain from physical activity. In Sept of 1996, she underwent a conventional ablation procedure that halted the arrhythmia. However, after two years the arrhythmia returned, and she could no longer climb stairs without risking an episode.

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