By the time Hoskins turned 30 and moved to Norman, Oklahoma, his symptoms were considerably worse.
"I would sweat a lot. I was short of breath after doing normal things, like walking across the room," Hoskins says.
In 2014, Hoskins went to the emergency room because his heart was beating rapidly and irregularly, an event triggered by atrial fibrillation – a condition that causes abnormal electrical impulses in the heart. The incident was severe and frightening, and it caused Hoskins to re-evaluate his level of care.
"This was the catalyst for my journey to The University of Kansas Health System," he explains. "I knew I needed a specialist to take care of me. I decided I couldn't keep living like this. I was uncomfortable and tired. I was having memory issues. And my heart was beating inside my body like a bass drum. I needed help."
Hoskins made an appointment at The University of Kansas Health System – 5 ½ hours away from his home in Norman. Because of his previous experiences, which provided him with little information, hope or treatment for his condition, Hoskins was skeptical. But his appointment with Dr. Berenbom was different.
"Dr. Berenbom was on top of it from the very beginning. He and the staff made me feel so comfortable and actually talked to me about my condition, explaining it in ways I'd never heard before. They talked to me about my options. It was exactly what I had hoped to hear."