Correcting heart rhythm opened the door to a healthy new life

Marcus McCleery

[Star Tribune, November 28, 2012] Marcus McCleery, the 372-pound version of him, had nothing to look forward to. Suffering from atrial fibrillation, an abnormally rapid beating of his heart that would leave him exhausted, he was so depressed that he did little more than sleep, eat and sag into a basement sofa and play video games until 2 or 3 in the morning.

Medication didn't work. Neither did an earlier surgery to correct his heart. Then, three years ago, a cardiologist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health, performed an ablation, searing away tissue on the heart that interferes with its normal rhythms. Read the rest of the story at

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