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Magnesium Deficiency & Fatal Arrhythmias: Two Videos with Dr. Carolyn Dean

Mineral deficiencies like magnesium (Mg) can force the heart into fatal arrhythmias. Magnesium is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies. It’s chronically lacking in most diets. Almost everyone with A-Fib is magnesium deficient.

Two Videos About Magnesium Deficiency with Dr. Dean

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We have two videos in our A-Fib Video Library featuring Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, talking about magnesium deficiency and calcium overload:

The Best Way to Supplement Magnesium” with Dr. Carolyn Dean. Getting nutrients through food is not always possible; discusses side effects of too much Mg and how you can tell if you have a deficiency.(3:39) Go to video.

Importance of Balancing Calcium & Magnesium”. Dr. Dean discusses the importance of balancing your intake of magnesium and calcium (2:1); the benefits of both and why you need to have both in the body; the problem of ‘calcium overload’. (2:30) Go to video.

Should You Take Magnesium Supplements?

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As Dr. Carolyn Dean states, it’s hard to get enough magnesium from today’s food. Magnesium has been depleted from the soil by industrial scale farming. Therefore, A-Fib patients should consider taking magnesium supplements. (Note: it takes about 6 months of magnesium supplements to build up healthy level of Mg.)

For more about magnesium, see my article: Cardiovascular Benefits of Magnesium: Insights for Atrial Fibrillation Patients.

Video: A Live Case of Catheter Ablation for Long-Standing Persistent A-Fib Through 3D Mapping & ECG Images

Presented entirely through 3D mapping and ECG images, a live demo of ablation for long-standing, persistent A-Fib is followed from start to finish. Titles identify each step. No narration, music track only (I turned down the volume as the music track was distracting.)

3D mapping and ECG images show the technique of transseptal access, 3D mapping, PV isolation, and ablating additional drivers of AF in the posterior wall and left atrial appendage. (8:03) Produced by Dr. James Ong, Heart Rhythm Specialist of Southern California.

NOTE: Before viewing this video, you should already have some basic understanding of cardiac anatomy and A-Fib physiology.


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Video: Stroke Prevention in A-Fib and Anticoagulant Therapy

Through interviews and animations explains how atrial fibrillation can cause stroke and why anticoagulation is so important. Discussion of warfarin (brand name Coumadin), the required (weekly or monthly) monitoring, interactions with food, alcohol and other drugs and the newer anticoagulants (NOACs).

Developed in association with Boehringer Ingelheim [one manufacturer of the new NOACs]. (5:36)

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Video: When Drug Therapy Fails: Why Patients Consider Catheter Ablation

For Insidermedicine.com. Dr. Susan M. Sharma discusses why patients with atrial fibrillation turn to ablation when drug therapy doesn’t work. Presenting research findings by David J. Wilber and MD; Carlo Pappone, MD, Dr. Sharma discusses the success rates of drug therapy versus catheter ablation. (See transcript below.) (3:00 min.) Published Jan. 26, 2010 on Insidermedicine.com.

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VIDEO: Catheter Ablation For A-Fib: What it is, How it’s Done and What Results Can Be Expected

Dr. Patrick Tchou and Dr. Bryan Baranowski, cardiologists from the Cleveland Clinic describe the catheter ablation procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), what it is, how it’s done and what results can be expected from this surgery.

Excellent animations: showing A-Fib’s chaotic signals, and the pattern of ablation scars around the openings to the pulmonary veins. By the Cleveland Clinic (4:00 min.)

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Video: Inside the EP Lab with Dr. James Ong: Using Mapping & CT Scan Technologies During a Pulmonary Vein Isolation

Cardiac Electrophysiologist Dr. James Ong begins with a brief tour of the EP lab and control room; Dr. Ong explains how pulmonary vein isolation is done with radiofrequency ablation to cure atrial fibrillation.

Included are: Mapping technology; the Virtual Geometrical shell of the heart displayed next to the CT scan; Placement of the catheter, real time tracking; the Complex Fractionated Electrogram (CFE) Map used to identify and eliminate the extra drivers (aside from the pulmonary veins). (6:01) From a series of videos by Dr. Ong, Heart Rhythm Specialists of Southern California.

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Video: Understanding Mini-Maze Ablation with Cardiac Surgeon Dr. Dipin Gupta

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dipin Gupta, MD, discusses this minimally invasive surgical treatment for persistent atrial fibrillation. Mini-Maze Ablation is done without open-heart surgery and using a small incision on the side of the chest.

Dr. Gupta is with MedStar Heart Institute & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. Published  Mar 31, 2015, by MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute and Cleveland Clinic (4:35)

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Video: An Impulse That’s Lost its Way—Insight to A-Fib, the Most Common Arrhythmia

A medical description of the mechanism and effects of Atrial Fibrillation (i.e., initiating triggers, abnormal substrate, electrical and structural remodeling, blood stasis and hypercoagulable state, etc.).

Animation with narration. 3:24 min. Uploaded by OverdrivePacing, Feb 8, 2012.

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EO: “Know Your Pulse: It Could Save Your Life” Awareness Campaign

As an A-Fib patient, do you know how to take your pulse? This short video explains why and how to take your pulse.

From the Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A) and The Heart Rhythm Charity in the UK. (Our British friend Trudie Lobban is Founder and Trustee.) 1:56 min.

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New Video Added to A-Fib Library

We’ve add a video to our library of Atrial Fibrillation videos:

Mechanism and effects of Atrial Fibrillation

An Impulse That’s Lost its Way

A medical description of the mechanism and effects of Atrial Fibrillation (i.e., initiating triggers, abnormal substrate, electrical and structural remodeling, blood stasis and hypercoagulable state, etc.). Animation with narration.

Difficulty level: Intermediate. 3:24 min. Watch video.

A-Fib.com Library of Videos and Animations

We have loads of A-Fib-related videos in our Video Library. For the reader who learns visually through motion graphics, audio, and personal interviews, these short videos are organized loosely into three levels: introductory/basic, intermediate and in-depth/advanced. Click to browse our video library.

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A Popular Video: Buyer Beware of Misleading or Inaccurate A-Fib Information’, with Steve Ryan and host, Skip E. Lowe. Click image to go to video.

Steve Ryan Videos: We’ve edited Steve’s most interesting radio and TV interviews to create several short (3-5 min.) videos. Check out Videos Featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD, publisher of A-Fib.com.

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My Top 5 Articles About Warfarin Therapy, Associated Risks and Alternatives

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Any treatment plan for Atrial Fibrillation must address the increased risk of clots and stroke. By far the most commonly used medicine for stroke prevention is the anticoagulant warfarin (brand name Coumadin).

But warfarin is a tough drug to take long term with monthly blood tests and possible side effects. These are my top 5 articles to help you understand warfarin therapy, the associated risks and some of the alternatives.

Review these articles to learn more about Warfarin therapy:

1. Clinical Trials Results: Watchman Better Than a Lifetime on Warfarin;

2. Arterial Calcification From Warfarin: Vitamin K May Reverse it;

3. “Is there a way to get off blood thinners all together? I hate taking Coumadin. I know I’m at risk of an A-Fib stroke.”;

4. How to Avoid the Bleeding Risk of Anticoagulants;

5. If Sixty and Older: 99% Have Microbleeds—So Are Anticoagulants Risky?

Bonus: Video about Warfarin

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Excellent introduction to anticoagulant therapy with warfarin (Coumadin). Patients and medical professionals (clinical nurse, doctors, a pharmacist  and clinical dietician) discuss the practical issues associated with taking warfarin. (16:22) Uploaded on Mar 7, 2011. Produced by Johns Hopkins Medicine.

An Alternative to Blood Thinners

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The WATCHMAN device

Do you hate having to take Coumadin? Hate the monthly testing? Bothered by side effects? An alternative to taking blood thinners is closing off your Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) with the Watchman, an occlusion device. Learn more: The Watchman™ Device: The Alternative to Blood Thinners.

My Top 5 Picks: Intro A-Fib Videos for the Newly Diagnosed

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These are my top 5 picks of basic videos for the newly diagnosed patient or anyone who wants to better understand Atrial Fibrillation. Great for the A-Fib patient’s family, friends and co-workers.

1. How Your Heart Works and Understanding Arrhythmias

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Understanding Arrhythmias

Animation of the normal heart with narration. Illustrations of the four steps of every heart beat; Identifies the parts of the heart. Describes heart arrhythmias; Visualizes how during an arrhythmia, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to all parts of the body, especially to the brain. The lack of blood flow can damage the brain, heart, and other organs. (1:33) Posted by Apollo Hospitals Dhaka.

2. Stroke Prevention in A-Fib and Anticoagulant Therapy

Treatment for stroke prevention in AFThrough interviews and animations explains how atrial fibrillation can cause stroke and why anticoagulation is so important; Discussion of: warfarin (Coumadin), the required monitoring, interactions with food, alcohol and other drugs: newer anticoagulants (NOACs) that do not require regular testing, aren’t affected by foods [but are expensive]. The need for anticoagulation is an important decision to be made with your doctor. On-camera interviews with AF Association CEO, Trudie Lobban MBE and other experts (5:36)  Developed in association with the drug maker, Boehringer Ingelheim.

3. The EKG Signal and Conduction System of the Heart

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The EKG signal

Excellent illustration of the heart and a fully labeled graphic of theConduction System of the Heart’. Descriptive text accompanies each step in the animation. Step 2 animates a normally beating heart and shows the electrical signal path. Along side is the corresponding EKG tracing (signal) in perfect sync. The 3rd step shows the same heart but this time in Atrial Fibrillation. Along side is the EKG tracing of the heart in A-Fib with the EKG of a normal heart below it. From the American Heart Association website.

4. About Magnesium Deficiency with Dr. Carolyn Dean

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Most A-Fib patients are deficient in Magnesium.The Best Way to Supplement Magnesium with Dr. Carolyn Dean, the author of The Magnesium Miracle. Getting nutrients through food is not always possible; discusses side effects of too much and how you can tell if you have a deficiency. (3:39). See also: Importance of Balancing Calcium & Magnesium“: Why you need to have both in the body; the problem of ‘calcium overload’. (1:00)

5. When Drug Therapy Fails: Why Patients Consider Catheter Ablation

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Why Patients Consider Catheter Ablation

Dr. Susan M. Sharma discusses why patients with atrial fibrillation turn to ablation when drug therapy doesn’t work. Dr. Sharma presents research findings about the success rate of catherter ablation. Includes transcript of the narration. (3:00 min.) From Insidermedicine.com.

Disclaimer: Videos provided for your convenience only; we make no endorsement of a specific treatment, physician or medical facility.

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STEVE RYAN VIDEOS:
We’ve edited Steve’s most interesting radio and TV interviews to create several short (3-5 min.) videos. Check out Videos Featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD, publisher of A-Fib.com.

Like Videos? Browse our A-Fib Library of Videos and Animations

We have loads of A-Fib-related videos in our Video Library. For the reader who learns visually through motion graphics, audio, and personal interviews, these short videos are organized loosely into three levels: introductory/basic, intermediate and in-depth/advanced. Click to browse our video library.

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Steve Ryan Videos: We’ve edited Steve’s most interesting radio and TV interviews to create several short (3-5 min.) videos. Check out Videos Featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD, publisher of A-Fib.com.

A Popular Video: ‘Buyer Beware of Misleading or Inaccurate A-Fib Information’
Beware of misleading and incorrect A-Fib information published by reputable sources on the internet and in print media. Steve S. Ryan, PhD, gives three specific examples of why you need to be on the lookout for inaccurate statements about Atrial Fibrillation. 3:59 min. Click to Watch video.

‘Doctor Health’ Radio: A-Fib Patients & Common Mineral Deficiencies

INTERVIEW: Dr David Snow, host of Doctor Health Radio, talks with Steve S. Ryan, PhD, publisher of A-Fib.com, about magnesium and potassium deficiencies, both common among A-Fib patients; how ‘calcium overload’ can actually bring on Atrial Fibrillation; other supplements to promote a healthy heart; and a few warnings for A-Fib patients.

See our library of videos about Atrial Fibrillation

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VIDEO LIBRARY: We have loads of A-Fib-related videos in our Video Library. For the reader who learns visually through motion graphics, audio, and personal interviews, these videos are organized loosely into three levels: introductory/basic, intermediate and in-depth/advanced.

See our video library for more videos featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD.

Videos: Dr. Carolyn Dean Discusses Magnesium Deficiency

Video: Importance of Balancing Calcium & Magnesium Dr. Carolyn Dean.

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Magnesium information for A-Fib patients. We’ve two videos to our A-Fib Video Library featuring Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, talking about magnesium deficiency and calcium overload:

The Best Way to Supplement Magnesium” with Dr. Carolyn Dean. Getting nutrients through food is not always possible; discusses side effects of too much Mg and how you can tell if you have a deficiency.(3:39) Go to video. From iHealthTube.com.

Importance of Balancing Calcium & Magnesium”. Dr. Dean discusses the importance of balancing your intake of magnesium and calcium (2:1); the benefits of both and why you need to have both in the body; the problem of ‘calcium overload’. (2:30) Go to video. From iHealthTube.com.

VIDEO: My Family’s A-Fib was Misdiagnosed for Years

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A new video and a new personal A-Fib story. Susan Klein writes that A-Fib runs in her family.

“I come from a long line of people with cardiac rhythm disorders. As I write this, I am 67, female and live in Chicago. At age 42, I realized I hadn’t escaped the family ‘curse’―referred to as “it” or “the mouse running around in my chest.”

Misdiagnosed for Years

Watching my family members suffer with “it”, convinced me that doctors were powerless to stop it. It took me a long time to seek medical advice; and when I first did, I was misdiagnosed.” Continue reading her personal A-Fib story.

Includes a video featuring Susan talking about her ablation using the FIRM mapping system pioneered by her Stanford cardiologist, Dr. Sanjiv Narayan.

VIDEO: In the EP Lab: Catheter Ablation with Dr. Robert Fishel

Join Dr. Robert S. Fishel in the EP lab for a look inside a Catheter Ablation Procedure. He describes and demonstrates mapping technology and the use of the catheter during an in-progress catheter ablation. Dr. Robert S. Fishel is Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach. (2:50 min.)

NOTE: In Jan. 2014, Steve joined Dr. Fishel in the EP Lab while in Florida for the 2014 BAFS. See A-Fib Alerts: January issue for photos of Steve in scrubs!


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NEW! Videos Featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD

TV icon with A-Fib 215 x 200 pix at 300 resSteve has appeared on many radio and TV shows talking about Atrial Fibrillation. We’ve edited the best and most interesting segments of these original programs to create several short (3-5 min.) videos. Each includes a description with the topics covered. To browse Steve’s videos, go to: Videos Featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD, Publisher of A-Fib.com.

We encourage you to SHARE Steve’s videos with others and to post links to your online accounts. Help spread the word about Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients, A-Fib.com!

TWO VIDEOS About Magnesium Deficiency with Dr. Carolyn Dean

We’ve added two videos to our A-Fib Video Library featuring Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, talking about magnesium deficiency and calcium overload:

See our library of videos about Atrial Fibrillation

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The Best Way to Supplement Magnesium” with Dr. Carolyn Dean. Getting nutrients through food is not always possible; discusses side effects of too much Mg and how you can tell if you have a deficiency.(3:39) Go to video. From iHealthTube.com.

Importance of Balancing Calcium & Magnesium”. Dr. Dean discusses the importance of balancing your intake of magnesium and calcium (2:1); the benefits of both and why you need to have both in the body; the problem of ‘calcium overload’. (2:30) Go to video. From iHealthTube.com.

Video: The Best Way to Supplement Magnesium with Dr. Carolyn Dean

For those with magnesium deficient diets, getting nutrients through food is not always possible. Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, talks about the external use of magnesium oil and Epson salts and the various powder and tablets to supplement magnesium.

She covers the side effects of too much Mg and how you can tell if you have a Mg deficiency. (3:39 min.) From iHealthTube.com.

 

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