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Atrial Fibrillation Video


H. Kenith Fang, MD is the chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, formerly Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.

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ASK THE EXPERT : Atrial Fibrillation - Full Transcription

Text:     This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text:     Banner Health Presents:
             Ask the Expert
Image: Graphic map of the inside of a heart remains on-screen throughout video.          

H. Kenith Fang, MD
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix

Image:  H. Kenith Fang, MD, speaks throughout the video.

Audio:  “Atrial fibrillation is the most common abnormal heart rhythm that cardiologists, electrophysiologists, which is a specialty of cardiology, deals with.”

Text:     2.6 – 2.8 Million Americans

Audio:  “It effects, depending on who you read, anywhere between 2.6 and 2.8 million Americans. You can imagine what the world-wide numbers are when it’s that high for just the United States.”

Text:     Abnormal Rhythm of the Upper Chambers of the Heart

Audio:  “It’s abnormal rhythm of the upper chambers of the heart where, instead of the heart beating in a systematic, regular rate, it starts to beat very chaotic”

Text: Traditionally, ATRIAL FIBRILLATION has been treated with Medication

Audio:  “Traditionally, atrial fibrillation has been treated with medication.”

Text:     Treatments have been centered around controlling or slowing down your heart rate and preventing a blood clot

Audio:  “So the treatments have always been centered on trying to control or slow down your heart rate and to prevent a blood clot.”

Text:     HYBRID MAZE Procedure

Audio:  “What we’re doing right now is minimally invasive Maze procedure combined with the presence of electrophysiologic testing by an electrophysiologist in the operating room. And the terminology is called a Hybrid Maze Procedure. The reason why Hybrid Maze Procedure is receiving a lot of attention right now, both in the cardiac surgery field as well as the cardiology field, is that by combining the two specialties, we’re hoping to improve the results of the Maze Procedure to hopefully the levels that been seen with the traditional cut-and-sew Maze Procedure.”


Audio:  “If you atrial fibrillation and the only thing your doctors are doing to treat you is they give you medications, you have to understand that there’s other options there that can treat you permanently and cure your atrial fibrillation.”

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Page Last Modified: 09/03/2015
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