"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

Anyone Hospital Bound at Major Risk for Thrombosis

To build awareness, this is World Thrombosis Day.

A thrombosis is a blood clot that forms within a blood vessel and can be carried by either a vein or an artery. If that clot breaks free, it can lodge in an artery, travel to the brain and result in a stroke.

Stroke - Blood vessel with clot

Stroke risk: blood vessel blocked by clot

At A-Fib.com we write often about stroke risk due to Atrial Fibrillation (and the role of blood thinners to address that risk). A blood clot that forms as a result of A-Fib is an example of ‘arterial thromboembolism’.

A-Fib-related stroke can be particularly dangerous. Patients are twice as likely to be bedridden and more likely to die compared to patients with non-A-Fib-related stroke.

Anyone in the hospital is at major risk factor for developing a blood clot. Patients with decreased mobility or who experience blood vessel trauma due to surgery are more likely to develop blood clots.

If your loved one is being admitted to the hospital, proactively discuss their risk of stroke (i.e. venous thromboembolism or VTE ) with the hospital’s medical staff. Ask them for a VTE risk assessment to determine if they have any risk factors and whether they are at an increased chance of developing blood clots while in the hospital – or in the days or weeks after a hospital visit. Visit the World Thrombosis Day site.

Patients with A-Fib can use the CHADS2 & CHA2DS-VASc Stroke-Risk Grading Systems to access their stroke risk.

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