Jane Yagoda

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Physical activity is the centerpiece of 67-year-old Jane Yagoda’s busy life.

As co-owner of True North Kayak Tours with her son, she is often out on the water, leading groups on tours around Lake Champlain.

So, when she was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm — she was concerned about her health and her quality of life.

Jane would notice her heart “fluttering”—a sensation she said felt like there was a fish flopping around inside her chest. She could no longer maintain her active lifestyle. Her son took over much of the kayaking part of the business.

Peter Spector, M.D., director of Fletcher Allen's Cardiac Electrophysiology service, met with Jane and recommended cardiac ablation, a technique in which catheters are inserted into the heart.

The catheters emit a small amount of directed radiofrequency energy, which corrects the areas of heart muscle responsible for the arrhythmia.

“From the moment I met with Dr. Spector and the cardiac ablation team, I felt very secure,” Jane says. “They talked me through the whole procedure. Every question I had, they were right there with an answer.”

Since the procedure, Jane has returned to her active life, kayaking on Lake Champlain in the summer, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. She has not had a single episode of atrial fibrillation since the procedure.

“I feel that I received Class A care,” she says. “Because of that care, I’m back to doing the things I love. This whole experience
has been life-renewing.”