Tom James MBE

Living with atrial fibrillation

Watch CRY Patron Tom James MBE talk with Professor Sharma about his experience of finding out and living with atrial fibrillation below.

Tom James MBE is featured in CRY’s myheart booklet, which also includes 10 stories from young men and women who have written about their experience of suddenly being diagnosed with a heart condition. Click here to download the myheart booklet.

Paul Cooper

Living with atrial fibrillation

My story began 19 years ago – I am 39 now.

I was out with some mates one night, when I felt a funny ‘butterfly’ feeling in my chest – it felt like my heart was racing.

That night I went to the hospital with my mate and they did an ECG.

My heart was doing 188 and was all over the place. I was kept in for 6 days on the cardiac ward.

They found the problem – atrial fibrillation. Since then I have been in hospital with this 6 times. Last year they took me off the medication, but within a year I was back in hospital again with the same problem and I am now back on the medication.

But despite this, I want to let other people who have the same problem know that you CAN lead a normal life.