“I never thought the hot tub would cause an issue, but it did,” says Youn. “I had several episodes of ventricular tachycardia that my device was able to pace me out of. Fortunately, I was able to get a shower and get dressed.”
Youn’s defibrillator activated, sending fast electrical impulses to his heart in an attempt to stop the ventricular tachycardia – a dangerous heart arrhythmia that can lead to cardiac arrest or sudden death. After receiving several high energy shocks from his defibrillator, Youn was rushed to West Chester Hospital where he was diagnosed with “ventricular tachycardia storm.” After being stabilized he was transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where the team of electrophysiologists performed a complex emergent ventricular tachycardia ablation.
“It was a long procedure, and it took six hours, but it was done with the aid of an artificial heart pump (Impella®) in order to maintain a stable blood pressure while my doctor was inducing and treating the abnormal rhythms of my heart,” he says. “They got my heart to go into this weird rhythm for more than one hour, then mapped the electrical impulses and ablate them.”