Dr. Paul Dorian provides a series of useful videos with key information for patients living with atrial fibrillation. These videos describe what happens to the heartbeat during atrial fibrillation and the types of treatments that are available, including medications and in-hospital procedures. Dr. Dorian concludes with an explanation of the importance of assessing each patient for their risk of stroke, the major risk factors for stroke, and the role of medical treatment in stroke prevention. The purpose of these videos is to assist patients and their families to better understand this condition and support them in living a normal life.

These videos are designed to be watched in the order in which they appear, as the content builds on the knowledge from the previous video.

We hope that this program is helpful to you in understanding and living with atrial fibrillation.

Video 1 - Normal Heartbeat

A description of the normal electrical functioning of the heart.

Video 2 - Atrial Fibrillation

A description of the rapid and disorganized electrical disturbance occurring in the heart during atrial fibrillation. These electrical disturbances start and create the rapid beating of the heart.

Video 3 - Rate control

Outlines the use and mechanism of rate control medications to help restore a more regular heartbeat during atrial fibrillation by slowing the heart’s pumping chambers. With their heartbeat slowed, patients no longer feel as dizzy or light-headed and experience fewer palpitations.

Video 4 - Rhythm Control

A description of the use and mechanism rhythm control medications to remove and prevent the electrical short circuits in the heart that cause atrial fibrillation.

Video 5 - Cardioversion

A description of cardioversion as a procedure and its effect. Cardioversion is a safe, effective, in-hospital procedure to regulate heart rate and rapidly reset all the short circuits within the heart. Cardioversion does not prevent recurrence, so patients may still require further medications or treatments to prevent future recurrences.

Video 6 - Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

A description of atrial fibrillation and its relationship to stroke and stoke prevention. Atrial Fibrillation one of the more common causes of stroke. This video describes how clots can form in the heart during atrial fibrillation and explains that most strokes of these strokes can be prevented.


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Video 8 - Anna’s Story

Anna describes her journey in living with atrial fibrillation.

Video 9 - Peter’s Story

Peter describes his journey in living with atrial fibrillation and discusses ablation, a surgical procedure that can help patients who are experiencing severe symptoms from their atrial fibrillation.



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