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Pierre Jaïs, M.D. Professor of Cardiology, Haut-Lévêque Hospital, Bordeaux, France

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"Steve Ryan's summaries of the Boston A-Fib Symposium are terrific. Steve has the ability to synthesize and communicate accurately in clear and simple terms the essence of complex subjects. This is an exceptional skill and a great service to patients with atrial fibrillation."

Dr. Jeremy Ruskin of Mass. General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

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Carolyn Thomas, blogger and heart attack survivor; MyHeartSisters.org

"Steve, your website was so helpful. Thank you! After two ablations I am now A-fib free. You are a great help to a lot of people, keep up the good work."

Terry Traver, former A-Fib patient

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A-Fib Patient Stories: Listed by Posting Order

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Other A-Fib patients have been where you are right now. Dozens have shared their personal experience (starting with the Steve Ryan’s story in 1998). The most recent A-Fib patient story is listed first. Click on any story title (or patient name) to jump to the individual story page.

Story # Personal Experience Title Patient name
92. Jamaican Woman, 21, Living in A-Fib with Meager Treatment Ashley Mogg
91. Urinary Tract Infection Leads to Persistent A-Fib Followed by Two Failed Cardioversions Joe Kempin
90. Frustrated, Crosses Canadian Border for Ablation by Dr. Andrea Natale in Austin, TX Rani and Moni Minhas
89. In A-Fib for 15 Years, Eventually is Incapacitated, Unable to Work Terry Traver
88. My A-Fib Story: The Healing Power of Prayer AyatinGL
87. Cardiologists Offer Little A-Fib Advice, Even to a Fellow Doctor! John Bennett, MD
86. My A-Fib Returns: A Third Ablation with Post-PVA Complication Marilyn Shook
85. GPA Disease Means No Blood Thinners: How to Deal with A-Fib Stroke Risk? William F. Covert
84. PVC-Free After Successful Ablation at Mayo Clinic by Dr. Mulpuru John Thorton
83. VIDEO: My Family’s A-Fib was Misdiagnosed for Years; FIRM Ablation by Dr. Narayan  Susan Klein
82. Retired Nurse: Over 3 Years A-Fib Free (Husband Had A-Fib, Too)  Lise Soares
81. Two Months After A-Fib Diagnosis, 62-Year Old Cyclist Has CyroBalloon Ablation; Difficult Three-Month Blanking Period  Joe Mirretti
80. Very Active 54-Year Old Became His Own Patient Advocate; Chose Ablation as First Line Treatment  Tony Hall
79. Philippino Dr. with A-Fib Has Amiodarone Problems—Then ECGI & Ablation at Bordeaux  Dr. Carlo Romero
78. 15 years in A-Fib: CryoBalloon Ablation, Pradaxa Problems, Second Ablation (RF) for Flutter  Jeff Patten
77. MD develops A-Fib After Subdural Brain Hemorrhage & Heart Block; Chooses LAA Closure, Then Two Ablations by Dr. Vivek Reddy Dr. Sam T., MD
76. 100 Mile/Week Bicyclist Develops A-Fib, Opts for Ablation by Dr. Saumil Oza at St Vincent’s in FL Luther Tilghman
75. Helped by “Beat Your A-Fib”, CryoBalloon Ablation by Dr. Wilber Su, Phoenix, AZ Kathleen Haxton
74. Amiodarone Damages Thyroid—A-Fib Free After 2 Ablations by Dr. Marc Dubuc,  Montreal Heart Institute  Louis Therrien
73. A-Fib Success with Naturopathic Assistance—Over 10 Months A-Fib Free! Kathy Reynolds
72. 12 Years in A-Fib: Fainting and Dangerous Falls But No Health Insurance, Abusive Husband—Finally Catheter Ablation by Dr. Roy John Sandy from Boston
71. No Way Am I Having an Ablation! But Diet and Meds Disappoint— A-Fib Free After Ablation Saul Lisauskas
70. Meds are Working: By Losing Weight, Reducing Stress and Increasing Exercise Meds Dosage is Reduced by 50% and Blood Pressure Returns to Normal  Alvin Drelich
69.  Wait and See” Approach to Atrial Fibrillation is NOT for Me; New Force Sensing Catheter Ablation by Dr. Vivek Reddy  Jon Greenspan
68.  Living with A-Fib for Twenty Years! Former Pro Basketball Player Sells A-Fib Monitoring Devices & Develops A-Fib; ‘Stress and the Heart-Brain’ Connection.  Jon Darcee
67.  80-Year-Old Athlete: Cardioversion, Flecainide Side Effects, Then Multaq; A-Fib-Free after Ablation by Dr. Alexander Dtril  Tom Burt
66.  My A-Fib Dog Yuki—a ‘Home Remedy’?  Julia Fridrich
65.  Triple Bypass in 2007, Later Develops A-Fib; Learn what made a huge difference in the quality of Dave’s life  Dave Summerour
64. Triathlete 18 years in A-Fib, on Amiodarone for eight years―then A-Fib free after ablation by Dr. Padraig O’Neill  Mike Jones
63. Active 64-Year-Old with Family History of A-Fib Gets a CryoBalloon Ablation by Dr. Mazzie Eight Weeks after First A-Fib Attack―Bad Reaction to Diltiazem and Multaq Pat Truesdale
62. Ablation at Bordeaux After Failed Mini-Maze Operation Dick Inglis
61. After Years in A-Fib, New Energy and Improved Life Jim McGauley 
60. Pill-In-The-Pocket, Then Ablation at Stanford by Dr. Zei—Force Sensing Catheter Clinical Trail. Mark Lowry
59. Mystery Herb May Have Caused A-Fib. Swollen Legs (Edema). Chronic Case Cured by Dr. Andrea Natale Rose Vernier
58. What I wish They’d Told Me About Ablation for A-Fib. Two CryoAblations by Dr. Kerwin, Problems with Pradaxa, Difficult Recovery Period, Lung Damage, Dealing with the Fear the A-Fib May Return. Anthony Bladon
57. Point of No Return’—AV Node Ablation and Pacemaker Bev Stansfield
56. A-Fib Started At Age 23!—Ablation by Dr. Eric Good at Un. of Michigan  Chris
55. In A-Fib at Age 25!—Deals with the Anxiety Jay Teresi 
54. A-Fib at 24—Five Years Later Gets Ablation by Dr. Natale Justin
53. Two Heart Attacks and Bypass Surgeries, then A-Fib Free After a Cryoballoon Ablation Ken Hungerford 
52. Overcoming Silent A-Fib—Ablation by Dr. Patrawala Kevin Sullivan 
51. Alcohol Addiction Causes A-Fib. Cardioversion, then A-Fib Ablation by Dr. Mazur at The Un. of Iowa Kris
50. Pacemaker & A-Fib Ablation—You Can Have an A-Fib Ablation if You Have a Pacemaker Mara Margolis
49. Successful Ablation at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston Mark 
48. 80-Year-old Gets a Watchman Device Revelacion Abracosa
47. Seven Bypasses!—Then Ablation by Dr. Oza at St. Vincent’s Hospital Richard McCoy
46. A Long And Bumpy Road—Unfortunate First Ablation, then Second Ablation by Dr. Reddy Rick Fitspatrick
45. My Xanax (alprazolam)  Sally 
44. Hopefully a Cryocor Success Ted Shurman
43. A-Fib Causes Devastating Effects—From Shanghai To Bordeaux. Unusual Right Atrial Appendage Ablation Max Jussila 
42. Cured After 30 Years in A-Fib by Dr. Marrouche Michele Straube
41. Dangers of High Frequency Vibrations Don Thompson 
40. In Sinus Rhythm After Maze Operation and Four Catheter Ablations Glenn Bickert 
39. A-Fib for 38 Years—Stays on Coumadin Jan Claire 
38. Two Failed Ablations in 2006; Finally Success In 2010 Jim 
37. Awake During an Electrical Cardioversion Shock Kris
36. Bordeaux Treatment Turns into Nightmare Mark Hadfiled
35. Switching From Metoprolol to Nebivolol (Brand Name Bystolic) Rose Vernier 
34. A-Fib Free After Two Ablations Down Under (Australia) Warren Welsh 
33. Second Ablation at Provo, Utah by Dr. Chun Hwang Ed 
32. Not Necessary to Go to Top-Name A-Fib Centers to Have Excellent Care and Good Results Greg White
31. Living With a Pacemaker/ICD Ira David Levin
30. Twelve Years with Few Symptoms Then Successful PVA(I) But Still on Meds Bill
29. What It Feels Like to Have a PVI at the Un. of Pennsylvania Mark
28. Ablation For V-Tach (Ventricular Tachycardia) at Mass. General by Dr. Vivek Reddy―Coping With ICD Shock Ryan Townsend
27. Ablation for Persistent (Chronic) A-Fib at Chapel, Hill by Dr. Paul Mounsey, UNC Wesley Dukes 
26. It Takes Three Ablations—Dealing with The “Paralysis of Analysis” that A-Fib Patients often Face—Faith and A-Fib Lou Aiello
25. “Pill-In-the-Pocket” for Five Years, then Catheter Ablation for a Cure Marilyn Shook
24. Pill-In-the-Pocket” Worked—But Turns to 3rd Catheter Ablation for a Cure Leon
23. A-Fib Symptom Free Since 2001, Thanks to Dr. Marchlinski Adam R. Smith
22. Ablation at New Delhi, India for $5,200 Barry Gordon 
21. 25 Years in A-Fib Gisela Zukor 
20. From Nepal to Bordeaux—Treatment of Chronic A-Fib Raju Tuladhar
19. Mowing the Lawn Three Days After an Ablation Reese Smith
18. The Saltman Microwave Mini-Maze Operation for A-Fib Shloime 
17. My Cryoballoon Ablation (Clinical Trial) Story Terry Dewitte
16. Very Sensitive to Medications—She Gets a Pulmonary Vein Ablation Beverly Reynolds
15. Cyclist/Triathlete with Persistent A-Fib Ed Webb
14. International Traveler/Scuba Diver Dizzy and Fainting from A-Fib Michael Waring
13. My Magnesium Success Story and a Caution James Adams
12. Toxic Effects of Amiodarone—What Could Have Prevented this Death? Karen Muccino
11. Cured at the Cleveland Clinic Susan Richards 
10. BCAA with GLN Harold Bosworth 
9. BCAA With Gln Success Story Tom Lisak 
8. Water Therapy Ron Gomez
7. Magnesium Success Stories 2004-2005 Daniel, Floyd, Ian, James, Ditlef and Bruce
6. Marathon Runner’s A-Fib Story―”This Heart Rate Monitor must be Defective; It’s Reading 225-250 during Workouts! I’m Sending it back.” Jerry
5. A-Fib Free through Supplements and Epson Salts Albuquerque friend
4. His Successful A-Fib Ablation: Husband and Wife Each Tell Their Story Earl and Flo
3. Mirjana Clark’s A-Fib Experience Mirjana Clark 
2. Robert Dell’s A-Fib Experience: “Daddy is always tired.” Daddy needed his life back. Robert Dell 
1. Finding My A‑Fib Cure: Early Focal Catheter Ablation Procedure in 1998 Steve S Ryan

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