Animated videos providing education on atrial fibrillation

Dr. Paul Dorian animates a series of informative videos with key information for patients living with atrial fibrillation. The purpose of these videos is to help patients and their families better understand atrial fibrillation and to support them in living a normal life. These videos are designed to be watched in the order in which they appear, as the content of each video builds on the knowledge from the previous videos.

Video 1 - Normal Heartbeat

See how electrical signals orchestrate the normal beating of the heart. Understanding the normal electrical functioning of the heart is helpful before considering what happens during atrial fibrillation.

Video 2 - Atrial Fibrillation

This animated video describes the rapid and disorganized electrical disturbance occurring in the heart during atrial fibrillation. This causes the heart to “short circuit” and beat rapidly and irregularly.

Video 3 - Rate control

The use and mechanism of “rate control” medications that help restore a more regular heartbeat are outlined. Rate control medications slow the heart’s pumping chambers and can help relieve dizziness and light-headedness in some people.

Video 4 - Rhythm Control

One way to make people with atrial fibrillation feel better is to get rid of the quivering or rapid beating of the heart. This animated video describes the use and mechanism of medications called “antiarrhythmics.” These tame or quieten the multiple electrical short circuits in the collecting chambers of the heart and prevent them from reforming.

Video 5 - Cardioversion

Cardioversion is a safe and effective in-hospital procedure to regulate heart rate and rapidly reset the multiple short circuits within the heart. This procedure does not prevent atrial fibrillation from returning, so patients may require further medications or treatments to prevent atrial fibrillation from occurring again.

Video 6 - Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common causes of stroke. Watch this video to learn how clots can form in the heart during atrial fibrillation. The good news is that most of these strokes can be prevented with the right kinds of treatment.

Video 7 - Stroke Prevention

This animated video covers two important topics: 1) risk factors for stroke in people with atrial fibrillation, and 2) medications that reduce the risk of stroke. Dr. Paul Dorian describes how these medications are taken, their safety and efficacy, and how you will be monitored while taking these medications.

What is a cardiac ablation procedure?

Dr. Russell Quinn describes a procedure called cardiac ablation that is sometimes used in patients with atrial fibrillation. He gives an overview of what happens during the procedure and why it is done.

Ablation for the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

In this video, Dr. Russell Quinn answers some common questions about the use of cardiac ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Watch this video to learn how cardiac ablation works, who might benefit from the procedure, what you can expect before, during and after a cardiac ablation procedure, potential risks, and a strategy called “ablate and pace” that involves implantation of a pacemaker.

Things to Read

Printed materials providing important information about atrial fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation

This article explains the normal electrical activity in the heart, and what goes wrong during atrial fibrillation. It also covers the different types of atrial fibrillation, adverse symptoms, risk of stroke, and the different treatments available.

A Patient's Guide To Living With Atrial Fibrillation

This is a comprehensive information resource for patients and families living with atrial fibrillation. It explains the ABC’s of atrial fibrillation, from what causes the condition to how it is diagnosed and treated. It also offers information about making healthy lifestyle choices and other useful websites for more information about atrial fibrillation.