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More than 2 million people suffer from atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat caused by abnormal electrical signals in the atria, the heart’s upper chambers. This program analyzes the disorder, showing how the irregularity can create discomfort, blackouts, and blood clotting in the valves of the heart, potentially leading to a stroke. The video also features expert commentary from medical professionals, personal stories from patients, and detailed explanations of effective treatments for atrial fibrillation, including medication and a minimally invasive surgical procedure known as ablation therapy.
The goal of this program is to educate viewers about the problem of atrial fibrillation and the advancements being made in diagnosis and treatment. Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder, and it’s a very important health issue. Left untreated, it can lead to an increased risk of stroke and heart failure. Today there are many effective treatments, including surgical ablation and several different drug therapies. This program takes viewers inside the operating room to see surgical treatments for atrial fibrillation; and, through patients’ stories and expert interviews, it highlights the improvements in quality of life when this disorder is properly treated.
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