"This book is incredibly complete and easy-to-understand for anybody. I certainly recommend it for patients who want to know more about atrial fibrillation than what they will learn from doctors...."

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

"Dear Steve, I saw a patient this morning with your book [in hand] and highlights throughout. She loves it and finds it very useful to help her in dealing with atrial fibrillation."

Dr. Wilber Su Cavanaugh Heart Center, Phoenix, AZ

"Your book [Beat Your A-Fib] is the quintessential most important guide not only for the individual experiencing atrial fibrillation and his family, but also for primary physicians, and cardiologists."

Jane-Alexandra Krehbiel, nurse, blogger and author "Rational Preparedness: A Primer to Preparedness"


"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

"I love your [A-fib.com] website, Patti and Steve! An excellent resource for anybody seeking credible science on atrial fibrillation plus compelling real-life stories from others living with A-Fib. Congratulations…"

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

"If you want to do some research on AF go to A-Fib.com by Steve Ryan, this site was a big help to me, and helped me be free of AF."

Roy Salmon Patient, A-Fib Free; pacemakerclub.com, Sept. 2013

A-Fib Patient Stories of Hope, Encouragement and Lessons Learned

Personal Experiences: A-Fib Patients Share Stories of Hope and Encoragement

Personal Experiences: A-Fib Patients Share Stories of Hope and Encouragement

By category:

Other A-Fib patients have been where you are right now. Dozens have agreed to share their personal experience (starting with the Steve Ryan’s story in 1998). Each story is told in their own words. Many stories span years, even decades. Symptoms will vary, and treatments choices run the full gamut.

Each author tells their story to offer you hope, to encourage you, and to bolster your determination to seek a life free of A-Fib. Many writers have included their email address if you want to contact them directly. Note: You’ll need to replace the ‘(at)’ with the ‘@’ (this helps protect from spamming).

Note: Patients sharing their personal experiences are often quite frank about the treatments received, their doctors and medical centers; their opinions are their own.


Listed by Posting Order: With over sixty stories, you probably won’t want to read them all. So, if you wish to read the most recent stories see the Listed by Posting Orderpage. Personal experiences are posted in descending (reverse) order by date written (or received). You’ll see my own story at the bottom of the list (#1 from 2002). Click on the title of the story you want to read to jump directly to the page with that personal experience.

Have an A-Fib story to share? It can be your own story or perhaps your spouse, parent or sibling. Read how to write and submit your A-Fib story

Listed by Subject: If you wish to read stories on a specific subject see the page titled Listed by Subject’. We have a few major categories: by Cause, by Risk Factor, by Symptom, by Age group/Years with A-Fib, and by Treatment. Each category has several subcategories. (Stories have many facets; therefore a story may appear in more than one category.) Browse the categories to select a story, then click on a story number to jump directly to the page with that personal experience.


How about you!? Do you have a personal A-Fib experience to share with other patients? It can be your own story or perhaps your spouse, parent or sibling. Just tell the story from your point-of-view. If you are interesting in offering your insights and ‘lessons learned’, read how to write and submit your A-Fib story, then email us!


Emmett Finch - Personal experience with Atrial Fibrillation

Emmett Finch
The Malibu Poet

We are happy and honored to include a poem written for A-Fib patients by Emmett Finch, the Malibu Poet. We hope it will inspire you as it did us. Thank you, Emmett. (Print a copy.)


Last updated: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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