COVID-19: Up-to-date information on patient visitation, FAQs, donations and more. Learn More

Video: UofL Today with Dr. Rakesh Gopinathannair | Atrial Fibrillation

Published on October 18, 2016

Dr. Rakesh Gopinathannair, a UofL Physicians cardiovascular medicine specialist, appeared on the UofL Today radio show with Mark Hebert to discuss atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation is a heart rhythm disorder where the upper chambers of the heart go into a chaotic rhythm. The heart rate goes too fast and the upper chamber stops pumping well. If it goes unrecognized, it can cause blood clots, which can then travel throughout your body eventually causing a stroke. The biggest risk is having a major stroke. Atrial fibrillation is responsible for 20 percent of all strokes, and Kentucky has one of the highest incidences of atrial fibrillation in the U.S.

A new surgery is available that was recently approved by the FDA. Dr. Gopinathannair implants a device at Jewish Hospital that prevents blood clots from forming in patients with atrial fibrillation. It is implanted via a minimally invasive procedure. To learn more about the procedure and implant, click here.

To learn more about atrial fibrillation, click here.

To learn more about Dr. Rakesh Gopinathannair, view his profile by clicking here.

To learn more about UofL Physicians - Cardiovascular Medicine, click here.