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Instructional A-Fib Videos and Animations

Resources & Video Library

Instructional A-Fib Videos and Animations

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.

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

Introductory/Basic Level: For the newly diagnosed patient; Great for the family and friends of an A-Fib patient who want to better understand Atrial Fibrillation.
Carolyn Dean - The Best Way to Supplement Mg

Dr. Carolyn Dean

Two videos: Magnesium Deficiency and Calcium Overload with Dr. Carolyn Dean

The Best Way to Supplement Magnesium” with Dr. Carolyn Dean, 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) From Go to video->

Importance of Balancing Calcium & Magnesium“. Dr. Dean discusses the problem of ‘calcium overload’. You need a balance of calcium and magnesium in your body. Why it’s been so easy in recent years to get too much calcium and throw that balance off. (1:00) From Go to video->  

Understanding Arrhythmia

Understanding Arrhythmia

How Your Heart Works and Understanding Arrhythmias

Animation of the normal heart with narration. Illustrations the four steps of every heart beat; the heart with arrhythmias. During arrhythmias, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the body and lack of blood flow can damage the brain, heart, and other organs. Posted by Apollo Hospitals Dhaka.  (1:33) Go to video->

Video still from Know your pulse campaign

Know Your Pulse

Know Your Pulse” Awareness Campaign

A short video on 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)  Go to video->

Dr Brain Video Still

Hearing it from Dr Brain

Hearing it from Dr Brain – Protecting Yourself Against AF Stroke

A light-hearted more “entertaining” approach (perhaps for younger family members?). Two animated characters, Dr. Brain and the Heart talk about important things to need to know to protect yourself against AF stroke (with medication, of course). ( 4:53 min.) Produced by Boehringer Ingelheim [manufacturer of the newer anticoagulants]. Go to video->

 Treatment for stroke prevention in AF

Stroke prevention in AF

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 (generic name), the required [monthly] monitoring, interactions with food, alcohol and other drugs: newer anticoagulants NOACs. (5:36). Go to video->

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By Johns Hopkins Medical

Living with Warfarin: Patient Education

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) Posted Mar 7, 2011. Produced by Johns Hopkins Medicine. Go to video->

Introduction to Your Heart's Electrical System

Heart’s Electrical System

Your Heart’s Electrical System & How Clots Form: An Introduction 

Basic introduction to how the heart works. Identifies the parts of the heart and illustrates the role of each, and shows how clots form; Detail animation of the heart processes. (2:00 min.) From the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Go to video->

'Conduction System of the Heart'

‘Conduction System of the Heart’

The EKG Signal and the Conduction System of the Heart

Excellent, fully labeled graphic of the ‘Conduction System of the Heart’; Animation of beating heart and the corresponding EKG signal for normal heart beat and heart in A-Fib. From the American Heart Association website. Go to video->

St. Jude Medical - introducing several afib videos

St. Jude Medical

Atrial Flutter, Pacemaker, and Implantable Treatment Options

Animations from St. Jude Medical; Go to videos->   
♦  Atrial Flutter
 (fast heartbeat arrhythmia) (00:28) 
Pacemaker (too slow heart beat) (:49)
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) (:57) Drug Therapy Fails-Catheter Ablation

When Drug Therapy Fails-Catheter Ablation

When Drug Therapy Fails: 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 catheter ablation. Includes transcript of the narration. (3:00 min.) From Go to video->

Hybrid Surgery/Ablation Procedure: An Introduction with Dr. Robert Joy, Interventional Cardiologist

Hybrid Surgery/Ablation procedure Dr Robert Joy Ellis, Medical

Dr Robert Joy

Dr. Robert Joy gives a short overview of the hybrid procedure in which a cardiothoracic surgeon and an electrophysiologist work together in a single procedure; How it opens up a new opportunity for A-Fib patients with difficult cases of Atrial Fibrillation (1:26)  Dr. Robert Joy is an an Interventional Cardiologist with Ellis Medicine. Go to video->

Intermediate Level: For the more informed reader who wants to go beyond the basics of atrial fibrillation.
Video: Insight to the Most Common Arrhythmia

Insight to the Most Common Arrhythmia

An Impulse That’s Lost its Way—Insight to 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 Go to video->

Steve wearing a Zio Patch

Steve wearing a Zio Patch

Cardiac Monitor: The “Band-aid” Patch 

The Zio® Patch cardiac monitor (iRhythm) looks similar to a 2-by-5-inch adhesive bandage and sticks to a patient’s chest. Electrophysiologist Steven Higgins, MD of Scripps Health talks about this single-use ambulatory, continuously cardiac monitor for up to 14 days. No need to removal during exercise, sleeping or bathing. May 2012 TV news story. (1:52 min.) Go to video->

(FYI: Steve wore one of these last year after a colonoscopy caused an irregular heartbeat, which proved to be a one-time occurrence.)

Freddyp321 YouTube video of his cardioversion for atrial fibrillation

Freddyp321 Cardioversion for A-Fib

A Patient Shares a Video of his Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation

Note: Electrical cardioversion isn’t the same as the emergency heart shocking procedure often seen on TV programs. It’s planned in advance and done under carefully controlled conditions.

About this video, Freddyp321 wrote: “After having cardioversion 7 times, I asked a nurse to video the procedure. I never remembered any pain or yelling out. Seeing this video really upset me and I decided to have a cardio ablation…. I haven’t had an episode of afib since…. I posted this video because I thought it might help people who are concerned about Atrial Fibrillation.” (1:20) Go to video->

Catheter Ablation by the Cleveland Clinic

Catheter Ablation: What it is and What to Expect

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

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. Excellent animations. (4:00 min.) Go to video->

Robert Fishel, MD - video frame

Robert Fishel, MD

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

Dr. Robert S. Fishel in the EP lab, describes and demonstrates mapping technology and use of the catheter during an in-progress ablation. Dr. Fishel is Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach. (2:50 min.) Go to video->

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

The Watchman for LAA Closure from Boston Scientific

The Watchman for LAA Closure

The Watchman Device: Closure of the Left Atrial Appendage Technique 1

The heart’s left atrial appendage (LAA) is known to be a major source of blood clots that can lead to strokes. For some high-risk A-Fib patients, the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure device is implanted at the opening of the left atrial appendage (LAA) to trap blood clots before they exit the LAA. (1:04) Go to video->

The LARIAT for Left Atrial Appendage Closure

The LARIAT LAA Closure Procedure

The Lariot Procedure: Closure of the Left Atrial Appendage Technique 2

For some high-risk patients, the LARIAT procedure is used to tie off the left atrial appendage thereby eliminating this source of clots. The heart’s left atrial appendage, is known to be a major source of blood clots that can lead to strokes. Features Dr. Eric Pena of the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. (1:24 min. excerpt.) Published Apr 11, 2013. Go to video->

Mini-Maze ablation

Mini-Maze surgery

Mini-Maze Ablation with Cardiac Surgeon Dr. Dipin Gupta

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dipin Gupta, MD, discusses this minimally invasive surgical treatment for persistent atrial fibrillation. The Mini-Maze 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 March 31, 2015, by MedStar and Cleveland Clinic (4:35) Go to video->

Dr. Robert Joy

The Hybrid Surgery/Ablation Procedure: In-Depth with Dr. Robert Joy, Interventional CardiologistAn extended discussion of the Hybrid Surgery/Ablation approach by Dr. Robert Joy, Interventional Electrophysiologist, with Ellis Medicine. Covers the cardiac surgeon’s role, the EP’s role, advantages, safety and effectiveness of the Hybrid approach, and who is a good candidate. (Watch the first 6:27) Go to video->

In-Depth/Advanced Level: For the reader wanting a more in-depth look inside the EP lab and surgery, and at advanced topics relating to atrial fibrillation. (May requires basic understanding of cardiac anatomy and A-Fib physiology.) Learn the Heart logo

Learn ECG interpretation

Learn to Read Your ECG: Course

From – a FREE online cardiology resource for those seeking to increase their knowledge of ECG interpretation and cardiovascular diseases. Start with the ‘Atrial Fibrillation ECG Review‘. Go to website->

The Right Atrium in AFib

The Left Atrial in A-Fib

The Left Atrium in A-Fib: Endoscopic View 

Endoscopic video of a beating heart; shows the Left Atrium during Atrial Fibrillation. Looped footage with voice-over narration. (:32) Posted by BillSchnee. Go to video->

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LAA Amputation

Amputation of the Left Atrial Appendage: Endoscopic View 

Endoscopic video of a beating heart; shows placement of the Left Atrial Appendage into the jaws of the stapling device before amputation and removal (using a EZ45 linear stapler). With voice-over narration, (1:34) Posted by BillSchnee. Go to video->

Ejection Fraction with Dr Robert Fishel

Dr Robert Fishel

Your Heart’s Ejection Fraction (EF): What You Need to Know

In several short video clips, Dr. Robert Fishel, discusses the ejection fraction (EF) a measurement of the pumping efficiency of the heart and why cardiac patients should know their EF.

♦  What is an Ejection Fraction? (:34)
♦  What is considered abnormal or low EF levels? (:44)
♦  Who should know their EF? (:54)

Dr. Fishel is Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at JFK Medical Center; Uploaded on Jun 22, 2011. Go to videos->

Cardioversion by Alfred Sacchetti

Cardioversion by ER Staff

Cardioversion: Demonstration of by ER Staff

Emergency room medical personnel demonstrates the equipment, pads placement and procedures of cardioversion for a patient with Atrial Fibrillation. Close-up of the equipment display. Uploaded on Jan 5, 2012 (2:10) by Alfred Sacchetti. Go to video->

Video still of Mini-Maze Surgery

Mini-Maze Surgery

Mini-Maze Surgery: Inside the O.R. with Dr. William Harris, Cardiovascular Surgeon 

Cardiovascular Surgeon, Dr. William Harris describes the Mini-Maze. See surgery in progress. For A-Fib patients who can not tolerate blood thinners and thus do not qualify for a Catheter Ablation, the Mini-maze surgery is a highly effective way with an 85 to 95 percent success rate. Dr. Harris is with Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. (4:49 min.) Go to video->

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Inside the EP Lab

Pulmonary Vein Isolation: Step-by-Step Inside the EP Lab Using Mapping & CT Scan

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. Including Mapping and CT scan technology; Complex Fractionated Electrogram (CFE); and eliminating non-PV drivers. (6:01) By Dr. James Ong, Heart Rhythm Specialists of S. Calif. Go to video->

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3D Mapping with ECG

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

Presented enitrely 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).

3D mapping and ECG images show the technique of transseptal access, 3D mapping, PV isolation, and ablating additional drivers of A. (8:03) With Dr. James Ong, Heart Rhythm Specialist of Southern California. Go to video->

NOTE: Before viewing this video, you should already have some basic understanding of cardiac anatomy and A-Fib physiology.
 Disclaimer: Videos provided for your convenience only; We make no endorsement of a specific physician or medical facility.—your independent source of unbiased information about Atrial Fibrillation, research and treatment options.

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