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Shane's Story

Something was very, very wrong. During a workout, 19-year-old Shane Mayer’s heart started racing.

He thought it was adrenaline. It turned out to be a rare problem with his heart’s normal electrical activity that sent it racing out of control…and landed him in the ICU.

Dr. Albert Lin, a nationally recognized cardiologist who specializes in electrophysiology, wasted no time. Using a highly advanced mapping system called CARTO to look at a 3-D image of Shane’s heart, Dr. Lin located the source of the problem and performed a complex ablation procedure to treat Shane’s abnormally rapid heart rate.

Ten weeks later, Shane was hitting the slopes on a weekend ski trip.

“You can say that my heart went haywire,” Shane says. “All I can say is that I’m glad that Dr. Lin was there for me.”

Learn more about NCH’s comprehensive cardiac services, including the advanced ablation procedure that saved Shane’s life.

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Shane's Doctor
Dr. Albert C. Lin is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology, and is on staff at NCH. For a list of cardiologists on staff at NCH, click here, or call HealthConnection at 847.618.4YOU (4968).
Shane's Treatment

Dr. Lin performed catheter ablation at NCH’s Cardiac Cath Lab to fix Shane’s racing heart.

The procedure involves placing thin wires inside the heart to find the source of any unusual electrical activity. Then a special catheter with a platinum tip that sends out radio waves is used to eliminate the source of the abnormal heart rhythm.

Catheter ablation is minimally invasive, with the catheter being inserted through a vein in the leg, and Shane was awake during the entire procedure.

Michael's Story

Regardless of age, a heart attack can strike at any moment. When it does, time is of the essence. Take it from Micahel, who at age 42 had an unexpected heart attack. Read more »

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Last Updated 2012/10/24