In 2012, longtime rock climber Guillaume Marçais, was faced with a serious heart condition that threatened his active lifestyle. Thanks to a heart procedure at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, Marçais is now reaching new heights with a healthy, well-functioning heart.

Before that, Marçais was suffering with atrial fibrillation, or a-fib, a common heart problem where “unorganized” electrical activity makes the upper part of the heart beat faster than the rest, causing an irregular heart rhythm. To keep his heart in good shape for Marçais’s active lifestyle, Sean Beinart, MD, electrophysiologist, performed an ablation procedure to correct the issue.

Since then, Marçais has continued climbing, hiking, running and biking with a strong heart– often with his two children, ages 13 and 9, by his side.

“After my procedure, I’ve been feeling well and am still able to do all of the activities that I love doing,” said Marçais.

New Adventures with a Strong Heart

GuillaumeJust last summer, Marçais and his two kids climbed Verdon Gorge, a breathtaking rock climbing site along the Verdon River in France, with some peaks reaching as high as 1,000 feet.

Marçais’s adventures don’t end with scaling mountains. Last year, he and his kids biked the 184-mile-long Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Md. over six days, camping along the way. This summer, they aspire to bike the Great Allegheny Passage Trail from Cumberland, Md. to Pittsburgh!

To stay active and heart healthy, Marçais climbs at an indoor rock-climbing facility two to three times a week and runs for about 20 minutes in the morning.

Peace of Mind

Giving him extra confidence as he reaches new heights, is an implantable heart monitor that sits comfortably just under the skin on Marçais’s chest. The monitor tracks and records his heartbeat, helping Marçais and Dr. Beinart to detect any heart rhythm issues.

“It was a very quick, easy procedure,” said Marçais of having the monitor implanted.

With the heart monitor in place and the heart experts at Washington Adventist Hospital behind him, Marçais can conquer his next climbing challenge with peace of mind that his heart is in good hands.

Learn more about the expert heart care at Adventist HealthCare.