Doctors & patients are saying about 'A-Fib.com'...


"A-Fib.com is a great web site for patients, that is unequaled by anything else out there."

Dr. Douglas L. Packer, MD, FHRS, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

"Jill and I put you and your work in our prayers every night. What you do to help people through this [A-Fib] process is really incredible."

Jill and Steve Douglas, East Troy, WI 

“I really appreciate all the information on your website as it allows me to be a better informed patient and to know what questions to ask my EP. 

Faye Spencer, Boise, ID, April 2017

“I think your site has helped a lot of patients.”

Dr. Hugh G. Calkins, MD  Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD 


Doctors & patients are saying about 'Beat Your A-Fib'...


"If I had [your book] 10 years ago, it would have saved me 8 years of hell.”

Roy Salmon, Patient, A-Fib Free, Adelaide, Australia

"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

"...masterful. You managed to combine an encyclopedic compilation of information with the simplicity of presentation that enhances the delivery of the information to the reader. This is not an easy thing to do, but you have been very, very successful at it."

Ira David Levin, heart patient, Rome, Italy

"Within the pages of Beat Your A-Fib, Dr. Steve Ryan, PhD, provides a comprehensive guide for persons seeking to find a cure for their Atrial Fibrillation."

Walter Kerwin, MD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA



Volunteers

Call for Guest Writers for Articles, Posts and Editorials: Share Your Insights!

Are you a writer? Are you passionate about a specific A-Fib topic or issue? Why not share your insights with our A-Fib.com readers? Get your byline and photo on our website. We welcome guest writers!

You don’t have to agree with the publisher’s point-of-view. For example, see the editorial by Ken Close, Editorial: A-Fib.com Bias in Coverage of Mini-Maze?

Ken Close, guest writer at A-Fib.com

Ken Close

Author, Lynn Haye, PhD guest writer at A-Fib.com

Lynn Haye,

Examples of articles by other guest writers include Lyn Haye,  Obesity in Young Women Doubles Chances of Developing A-Fib and Frances Koepnick’s “Patient Review: AliveCor Heart Monitor for SmartPhones“.

If you’re interested in being an A-Fib.com guest writer (or just have questions about it), send us an email. Do it NOW!

My A-Fib Story: The Healing Power of Prayer

Jon - My A-Fib Story at A-Fib.com

by AGL

A-Fib Patient Story #88

My A-Fib Story: The Healing Power of Prayer

By AGL, August 2016

I have been cured of A-Fib since 2011 and simply wanted to share my testimony with you and your readers at A-Fib.com.

A-Fib Medications Didn’t Work

I struggled with A-Fib for almost eight months in the year of 2011. It began in January, and I had episodes of it throughout the year. My episodes weren’t too bad—as in I never had any side effects of the A-Fib like fainting or clotting. The only real thing I had during the episodes was an irregular heartbeat and a fast heart rate.

Being as young as I am and having a family of my own, it was a lot to have on my shoulders.

I wanted the A-Fib gone, and the medication I was taking did not make it go away.

My Pastors Prayed for My Healing

I knew of another way that the A-Fib could go away—by God supernaturally healing me.  Well, in August of 2011 I asked the pastors of my church to pray for me that God would heal me.  After the Sunday service they prayed for me. And a week after that my A-Fib was gone. I was healed by prayer.

I haven’t had an episode or problem since 2011!  It’s a miracle!

Helped by Great Physicians Too

I am not writing this to refute your book, Steve, nor am I saying that the medical field should not be called upon for help in the time of need.

If it wasn’t for the great physicians here where I live on the East Coast, I would be in bad shape—who knows what would have happened if they didn’t break those episodes I had. And, I’ve read testimonies of others where medicine helped them with, if not cured, their A-Fib episodes.

I simply wanted to share with you my experience – since it included A-Fib.  Who knows—maybe God can bless you through my e-mail.

AGL
ayatingl@gmail.com

Editor’s Comments
A-Fib.com's Positive Thought/Prayer group

A-Fib.com’s Positive Thought/Prayer group

At A-Fib.com one of our volunteer groups is a Positive Thought/Prayer group comprised of wonderful people worldwide. If you would like their support, especially at the time of your ablation or surgery, please email us your request. It’s comforting to know that others who’ve had A-Fib care about you and wish you well.

How to Send Your Request: Send your request to our coordinator, Barbara. Write to barbara: babareeba(at)aol.com (substitute an “@” for the “(at)”).

Join our Group: We invite you to join our ‘A-Fib Positive Thought/Prayer’ group. Learn more on our page: The Healing Power of Hope, Belief and Expectations. All are welcome.

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Related Reading:
Anatomy of Hope book cover 350 pix wide at 96 resThe Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness

by Jerome E. Groopman

There’s more to hope than we thought. Hope triggers biochemical changes.

Written by an oncologist and citing actual patient cases (mostly cancer), Dr. Groopman explores the role of hope in fighting disease and healing. Top scientists are interviewed who study the biological link between emotion and biological responses; the most relevant studies are reviewed.

The author shows how hope, belief and expectations can alter the course of our lives, and even of our physical body. HOPE works! (Read Patti’s review on Amazon.com.)

If you find any errors on this page, email us. Last updated: Thursday, December 15, 2016

Call for Guest Writers. How About You?

Are you a writer? Are you passionate about an A-Fib topic or issue? Why not share your insights with our A-Fib.com readers? We welcome guest writers!

For examples of guest articles, check out Lyn Haye’s Obesity in Young Women Doubles Chances of Developing A-Fib and Frances Koepnick’s “Patient Review: AliveCor Heart Monitor for SmartPhones“.

If you’re interested in being an A-Fib.com guest writer (or just have questions), send Steve an email. Do it NOW!

Our Worldwide A-Fib Support Volunteers

A few of our many A-Fib.com Support Volunteers; Learn about becoming a A-Fib Support Volunteer

Learn about becoming a A-Fib Support Volunteer

When diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation, you have many questions. It helps to have someone who has “been there” and is there for you now. Our A-Fib Support Volunteers want to help and are just an email message away.

This list of worldwide A-Fib Support Volunteers is arranged by geographical region. Note: substitute an “@” symbol for the “(at)”.

Read the special poem A-Fib’s Demise
by support volunteer, Emmett Finch, The Malibu Poet

WORLDWIDE

A-Fib Support Volunteers

WESTERN EUROPE

Ira, Rome, Italy; (Fluent in English & Italian) E-mail: idl.sorbo(at)mclinknet.it  (Experience in overcoming heart problems—heart attacks, pericarditis, cardiac asthma, bradycardia, tachycardia, PVCs & PACs, A-Fib [cured 2004], and pacemakers. He wears an ICD.) (see his personal experience story, #31: Living With a Pacemaker/ICD).

AUSTRALIA

Allan, Brisbane, Australia; Email: a-fibfriendallan(at)live.com.au

Ian, Sydney, Australia; E-mail: vagalman(at)optusnet.com.au

Roy, Adelaide, Australia; E-mail: roys1(at)tpg.com.au

Warren, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; E-mail: redolent(at)bigpond.com (see his personal experience story, #34: A-Fib Free After Two Ablations Down Under)

EASTERN CANADA

Mark G., Barrie, Ontario; E-mail: stoneabba007(at)gmail.com

WESTERN CANADA

Darrell, Alberta, Canada; E-mail: bronc9239(at)hotmail.com

UNITED KINGDOM (ENGLAND)

David W., Norwich, Norfolk, England; E-mail: david(at)dandrhomesltd.co.uk

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Leon, South Africa, Johannesburg, Cape Town; E-mail: leon(at)mbanet.co.za

SOUTHEAST ASIA

Lee, Malaysia; E-mail: amirlee2(at)yahoo.com

Max, Shanghai, China; E-mail: max.jussila(at)gmail.com (see his personal experience story, #34: “From Shanghai to Bordeaux—a very difficult case requiring two ablations”)

For more information about our A-Fib Support Volunteers and how to volunteer, see my article: ‘Want to become a A-Fib Support Volunteer?’

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DISCLAIMER: A-Fib.com Support Volunteers are not medical doctors and are not affiliated with any medical school or organization. Any communication with A-Fib.com Support Volunteers is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing communicated by A-Fib.com Support Volunteers is intended to be for medical diagnosis or treatment. Their opinions are their own.

 

Our U.S. A-Fib Support Volunteers

A few of our many A-Fib.com Support Volunteers; Learn about becoming a A-Fib Support Volunteer.

Learn about becoming a A-Fib Support Volunteer.

When diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation, you have many questions. It helps to have someone who has “been there” and is there for you now. Our A-Fib Support Volunteers want to help and are just an email message away.

This list of U.S. A-Fib Support Volunteers is arranged by geographical region. Note: substitute an “@” symbol for the “(at)”.

Read the special poem A-Fib’s Demise
by support volunteer, Emmett Finch, The Malibu Poet

UNITED STATES

A-Fib Support Volunteers

New England, USA
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

David H., Lexington, Massachusetts, Email: dholzman1776(at)gmail.com

Fred, Boston, Massachusetts; E-mail: fredfan1(at)aol.com

Mark S., New Hampshire; E-mail: seagullsnest(at)comcast.net

Rich, Boston, Massachusetts; E-mail: celtic8586(at)aol.com

Northeast, USA
Delaware, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia

Jerry, Long Island, New York; E-mail: Jerrynmn1(at)aol.com

Joe B., Greater New York City area; (E-mail: NG; needs updating as of 6-29-2014)

Ken, Loveland, OH; E-mail: closeks(at)fuse.net (expertise: Dr. Sirak’s Five Box Mini-Maze operation)

Scott, Montrose, NY (North of New York City): E:mail: Matrix058(at)yahoo.com. (expertise: Dealing with the ablation process)

Southeast, USA
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Ed W., Fort Lauderdale, Florida; E-mail: edwebbfl(at)gmail.com (Athlete, Heart Rate Monitor expertise) (see his personal experience story, #15: Cyclist/Triathlete with Persistent A-Fib)

Alan A., Richmond, Virginia; E-mail: adanet56(at)gmail.com

Alvin, Delray Beach, Florida; E-mail: adrelich(at)bellsouth.net (Medicines keep Alvin A-Fib free)

Bob, Palm Coast, Florida (Veteran); E-mail: bobwhitehurst(at)gmail.com

Jay, Atlanta, Georgia; E-mail: jjteresi(at)yahoo.com (see his personal experience story, #55: In A-Fib at age 25!—A guy deals with the anxiety. A-Fib free after two ablations at Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute)

Michael, Raleigh, North Carolina; E-mail: halfmooncorp(at)hotmail.com

Sheri, Winchester, Virginia; E-mail: sheriweber47(at)yahoo.com. (Cox-Maze IV experience) Read Sheri’s story in our book Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, A Life on Meds Wasn’t Good Enough—Selects a Minimally Invasive Cox-Maze IV, p. 105.

Stuart, Virginia; E-mail: ssutphin(at)vt.edu

Northwest, USA
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Dick, Walla Walla, Washington. (E-mail: NG; needs updating as of 6-29-2014) (had both a Mini-Maze, then Catheter Ablation) (see his personal experience story, #62)

Karl, Salem, Oregon. Telephone: (503) 949-1162—Karl prefers to talk over the phone after 4:00 pm PST. E-mail: karlgranat(at)msn.com. (Two ablations by Dr. Natale in San Francisco).

Todd F., Spokane, Washington. Email: cco2coug(at)gmail.com. (Three failed ablations in the Pacific Northwest, then successful ablation by Dr. Natale in San Francisco.)

Southwest, USA
Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah

Beverly, Los Angeles, CA; E-mail: beverlywelsh(at)msn.com (expertise: Living with A-Fib, Drug Therapies)

Ed N., Monterey Peninsula, CA; E-mail: trigeeked(at)gmail.com

Joyce, Los Angeles, CA; E-mail: JET7700(at)aol.com (Joyce coordinates our Southern CA A-Fib Support Group)

Kathy, Oceanside, CA. E-mail: Katbuda(at)aol.com

Michele, Salt Lake City, Utah; Email: mstraube(at)mindspring.com (see her personal experience story, #42: Cured After 30 Years in A-Fib by Dr. Marrouche)

Monique, Irvine, CA; E-mail: mvancansun(at)yahoo.com (expertise: Women who exercise )

Bob Muenckler, Santa Monica, CA; By phone only 310-613-5413 (Expect an enthusiastic but long conversation. If you leave Bob your phone number, he will call you back on his own dime.) (expertise: Dr. Sirak’s Five-Box Thoracoscopic operation).

Mike Jones, Redding (Sacramento Valley), CA; E-mail: mjonesrdg(at)gmail.com (expertise: A-Fib drugs, amiodarone, Finding the Right Doctor) (see his personal experience story, #64: Triathlete 18 years in A-Fib, on Amiodarone for eight years—then A-Fib free after ablation by Dr. Padriag O’Neill)

Emmett Finch (The Malibu Poet; read his poem “A-Fib’s-Demise“): Malibu, CA; Phone: 310-457-7895. E-mail: sunbro(at)mindspring.com. Expertise: Watchman Device, AV Node Ablation and Pacemaker. (Read Emmett’s story “40-Year Battle With A-Fib Includes AV Node Ablation With Pacemaker” on page 161 of Beat Your A-Fib. Emmett celebrated his 94th birthday in 2015.)

Hawaii, USA

Joe L., Honolulu, Hawaii; E-mail: jleonardo98(at)yahoo.com

North Central, USA
Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, 
North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Chris, Jackson, MI (South Central Michigan); Email: daddyzegar(at)gmail.com  (Expertise: young people with A-Fib);(see his personal experience story, #56: A-Fib Started at Age 23!—Ablation by Dr. Eric Good at Un. of Michigan)

Greg, Carbondale, Illinois; E-mail: ga2607(at)cba.siu.edu.  (see his personal experience story, #32: Not Necessary To Go To Top-Name A-Fib Centers To Have Excellent Care and Good Results)

Howard, Highland Park, Illinois; E-mail: howard.felix(at)comcast.net

Linda, Grand Junction, Michigan; E-mail: linda-seaman(at)btc-bci.com

Marilyn, Commerce Township, MI (near Detroit);  E-mail: nmshook(at)sbcglobal.net. (expertise: Pill-In-The-Pocket); (see her personal experience story, #25: Two Different “Pill-In-The-Pocket” Approaches—Both Turn to Catheter Ablation for a Cure)

Steven (17-year-old) & Steven’s Mother Sue (Teenager with A-Fib & Parent ready to help others), Michigan.  Email: suegaston(at)gmail.com.

Kathy R. Hollister, Missouri. (Expertise: Natural Remedies for A-Fib) Email: katheemarie77(at)yahoo.com. See Kathy’s personal experience story #73: A-Fib Success with Naturopathic Assistance—Over 10 Months A-Fib Free

 South Central, USA
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas

Steve P, Dallas, TX: Email: sjpully(at)yahoo.com (Expertise: A-Fib & Flutter Ablations, Finding the Best EPs, 20+ Years in A-Fib). Phone: 214-587-6133.

Mike M. Friendswood, TX. E-mail: mmmontz(at)aol.com. (Expertise: Living with A-Fib after Heart Surgeries and Years of Chronic A-Fib)

For more information about our A-Fib Support Volunteers and how to volunteer, see my article: Want to become a A-Fib Support Volunteer?’

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DISCLAIMER: A-Fib.com Support Volunteers are not medical doctors and are not affiliated with any medical school or organization. Any communication with A-Fib.com Support Volunteers is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing communicated by A-Fib.com Support Volunteers is intended to be for medical diagnosis or treatment. Their opinions are their own.

Steve’s Inbox: International Mail & A-Fib Awareness Month

Many people email me for advice and support. This past week was quite the international experience for me. In addition to emails from the US, I also received emails from Syria, South Africa and Ecuador! Let me share a few with you.

The A-Fib Patient in a War Zone: Someone in a war-torn country was trying to find medical help for his A-Fib. A doctor started him on a heavy dose of amiodarone for his A-Fib. I told him about the toxic effects of amiodarone, but recognized that he was lucky to find any kind of medical help in a war zone. I couldn’t find any EPs still practicing in his country, but did find two centers in an adjacent country not at war. But I don’t know if he will be able to travel there. Please think positive thoughts/pray for him.

Airport Rendezvous: A traveler described a chance meeting in an airport with a well-known EP. This was more like a ‘sign’ than a chance occurrence. This wonderful EP answered her A-Fib questions and referred her to another EP near her for an ablation. She wrote that talking with the ‘airport’ EP helped her make the big decision to have a catheter ablation. (She had been looking at another surgery treatment option which I suggested might be overkill for her.)

Our A-Fib Support Volunteers were so supportive and helpful that she decided to become a volunteer, too.

A-Fib Support Volunteers in Action: Another woman described an all too common frustration with her primary care doctors and cardiologists who didn’t take her A-Fib symptoms seriously. They wouldn’t even refer her for a cardioversion. She was helped a lot by getting in touch with five of our great A-Fib Support Volunteers who had widely different experiences. They were so supportive and helpful that she decided to become an A-Fib Support Volunteer herself.

Amiodarone Advice: Another patient wrote that his cardiologist put him on a heavy dose of amiodarone when he first started having A-Fib episodes. I recommended the patient get a second opinion, that amiodarone is a very toxic med usually only prescribed as a last resort or for short periods of time like during the blanking period after a catheter ablation.

Negative Feedback: I warned someone about an EP whom I had heard negative things about. I referred the patient to a ‘master’ EP in his area for his ablation. I also told him to give his long-suffering wife a hug from all of us. All too often spouses of A-Fib patients put up with a lot and often feel alone and overwhelmed. I told them about the wonderful story “The Spouse’s Perspective: A Young Wife and Mother Copes with Husband’s A-Fib” in our book “Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure.”Top 10 Questions Families Ask About A-Fib - 150 pix at 96 res

September is A-Fib Awareness Month: As you see, there are many, many A-Fib patients out there seeking help and answers for their particular situation. A-Fib is not a one-size-all kind of disease. But A-Fib can be Cured! You don’t have to live a life on meds! Won’t you pass on our message to others with A-Fib and their families and friends? Send them a link to our special FREE report: The Top 10 Questions Families Ask About Atrial Fibrillation.

—Your A-Fib friend, Steve

Participate at A-Fib.com

Photo collage of patients who have shared their story on A-Fib.com

A few of the many readers who participate on A-Fib.com

There are many ways you can participate at A-Fib.com. You can join our support volunteers who offer others hope and encouragement. You can share your A-Fib story to inspire others. Or, write an article about a topic you’re passionate about. (We welcome other ideas too.)

Which is right for you? which will you choose?

Share Your A-Fib Personal Experience

A-Fib Personal Story on A-Fib.comOur Personal Experiences stories are one of the most visited areas of A-Fib.com. Patients often seek hope and encouragement. They look to others with similar symptoms, or who are in the same age group, or have experience with the treatments options they are considering. Visit our Personal Experiences page. Then, read how to write and submit your personal experience A-Fib story.

Join our Support Volunteers

When you have A-Fib, it helps to talk with someone who has (or had) A-Fib. That’s the role of our Support Volunteers. On a one-on-one basis, these individuals offer support and hope by exchanging emails, listening and sharing their stories. Would you like to help others struggling with A-Fib?

See our list of support volunteers. We are blessed to have many generous people who have volunteered to help others get through their A-Fib ordeal. They are not paid. They come from widely different backgrounds and live around the world. They have received help along the way and want to return the favor. (Note: not all Support Volunteers are ‘cured’ of their A-Fib, but have found the best outcome for themselves.) Read more about becoming an A-Fib Support Volunteer.

Our Prayer/Positive Thoughts Group

At A-Fib.com, we believe in healing through prayer, and in the power of positive thoughts. For those who have a treatment decision to make, have an upcoming procedure or surgery, or are seeking guidance from a higher power— support from this group is just an email away.

You can join this effort by contacting our coordinator, Barbara, at email: babareeba(at)aol.com. Read more about our group…

Seeking Guest Writers

Like to read and write about what you’ve learned? Read an interesting research study and want to share with our readers? Or have a passion for a specific A-Fib-related topic or issue you’d like to report about? (As an example, see a report written by Lynn Haye.)

Got questions? Topic ideas? Email Steve using our Contact Us form.

Have you thought of another way to Participate?

We welcome your thoughts and ideas. Use our Contact Us form if you have other suggestions.

Amazon.com review of Beat Your A-Fib book at A-Fib.com

If you find any errors on this page, email us. Y Last updated: Friday, December 16, 2016
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Seven Ways to Reduce A-Fib Fear and Anxiety

7 Ways to Cope with the Fear and Anxiety of Atrial FibrillationCoping With the Fear and Anxiety of Atrial Fibrillation

by Steve S. Ryan, PhD

For a substantial portion of A-Fib patients, the impact on ‘quality of life’ extends beyond our beating heart. Atrial Fibrillation wreaks havoc with your head as well as your heart. Anxiety, fear, worry, confusion, frustration and depression. And at times, anger.

The psychological and emotional effects of Atrial Fibrillation can be debilitating. Recent research indicates that “psychological distress” worsens A-Fib symptoms’ severity.1

(Don’t expect much help from your heart doctors. They aren’t trained or often have little effective experience in dealing with the psychological and emotional aspects of A-Fib.)

Don’t be ashamed to admit how A-Fib makes you feel (especially if you’re a guy). Your psyche is just as important as your physical heart. Just acknowledging you have some or all of these symptoms is a step in the right direction.

Seven WAYS TO COPE WITH YOUR A-FIB FEAR AND ANXIETY

1. Knowledge is Power and Control!

Read about your treatment options, learn about your A-Fib. Read how others have dealt with their A-Fib. Search the list of Personal Experiences published on his site. With over 80 stories, you’re sure to find a few patients with similar symptoms as yourself. Knowing others have beaten their A-Fib is a tremendous psychological relief. This helps replace fear with hope!

2. Anxiety Thought Log

Confront your A-Fib fears directly. Don’t let them mill around in your subconscious. Former A-Fib patient, Anthony Bladon, suggests you keep an ‘anxiety thoughts log.’ Write down word-for-word what the anxious thought was, when, and what was the trigger. Confront each fearful thought and try to re-state it in a more reasonable frame of mind, thereby reducing the anxiety. (See Anthony Bladon and his anxiety log.)

This may sound a bit bizarre, but try repeating anxious thoughts to yourself. Express a fear to yourself over and over. Let the monotony make your mind wander to more enjoyable thoughts. Or set aside a 20 minute worrying time during the day and refuse to think about troubling fears at any other time.

3. Yoga, Relaxation Techniques, Meditation and Walking 

In preliminary studies, Yoga has been demonstrated to improve A-Fib symptoms and to reduce A-Fib attacks, as well as improve quality of life, depression and anxiety.2 (See also FAQ #8 I do Yoga. It relaxes me and helps with my stress level. Is there any evidence on Yoga helping with other A-Fib symptoms?)

Relaxation techniques and meditation may also offer you relief from your anxieties.

A specific type of meditation called ‘Mindfulness’ is recommended by Harvard Pilgrim nurse case manager Linda Bixby. The technique is to ‘Observe and Feel the Physical Sensations’ of the A-Fib Episodes. At first this may seem counter-intuitive and may not work for you. The idea is to observe rather than resist or worry. You allow a frightening health event like an A-Fib attack to just run its course. For example, Neil Blanchette was diagnosed with A-Fib when he was 17. Meditation and “mindfulness” was a great help to him. “Just taking it in and letting myself feel the physical A-Fib experience was actually relaxing.”3(Thanks to David Holzman for calling our attention to this article.)

Walking curbs anxiety. Try to walk outdoors at approximately the same time each day. Breathing fresh air and having an established routine enhance the calming and relaxing effects of walking. But even if you can’t walk at the same time or outdoors, 20 minutes of walking daily reduces anxiety.

4. Natural Remedies:

Lavender Oil Aromatherapy: the light, soothing fragrance of lavender oil has long been used to ease anxiety (and insomnia). One example of many is Nature’s Way Calm Aid. “It contains Silexan, a type of lavender oil shown in clinical studies to ease anxiety as effectively as the benzodiazepine drug lorazepam (Ativan).”4

PharmaGABA: is a bioidentical form of GABA (gamma-ami­nobutyric acid), which serves as a critical calming agent in the central nervous system, works on the same chemical pathways as Xanax, Valium, and other drugs—without all the negative side effects; helps combat stress and anxiousness.5 One example is Natural Factors PharmaGABA

Relora: a blend of two botanical extracts (Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense) that helps reduce cortisol levels and promotes feelings of relaxation.6

Chamomile: “calms the nerves, reduces irritability and lessens the muscle spasms, headache and abdominal pain that can accompany anxiousness.” Substitute chamomile tea for caffeinated beverages, or take 60 drops of chamomile tincture in two ounces of water four times a day before or after meals, or add two drops of concentrated chamomile essential oil to a hot bath at night.7

Gotu Kola: restores health to brain and nerve cells by promoting blood circulation to the brain which has a calming effect.8

 

5. Counseling and Meds

Recognize that you may need professional help. Don’t be embarrassed to seek counseling. In addition, discuss if anxiety medication would be appropriate or helpful. (See Jay Teresi’s story, “Anxiety the Greatest Challenge” and Kelly Teresi’s story “A Young Wife Copes with Husband’s A-Fib” in my book, Beat Your A-Fib, pgs. 101-105)

6. Our A-Fib Support Volunteers

It might calm your fears to talk with or email someone who knows first-hand how A-Fib makes you feel. Each of our A-Fib Support Volunteers has gone through a lot to be cured of their A-Fib. They were helped along the way and now they want to return the favor by offering you support and hope. Learn more on our A-Fib Support Volunteers page (under Resources and Links).

7. Enlist Support From Your Loved Ones

Recognize that A-Fib can have significant consequences on your social interactions with your family and colleagues. Sit down and have a talk with your significant other(s), your friends and co-workers. Explain what A-Fib is, how it affects you and how it makes you feel. Ask for their understanding. They will want to help you, so be prepared to answer their questions.

Takeaway: Fight your fears! Ambush your anxiety! Atrial Fibrillation may be in your heart but it doesn’t have to be in your head. Seek your freedom from anxiety and improve the quality of your life.

Other ideas? If you have suggestions or programs that helped reduce your A-Fib-related anxiety, please email me and let me know.

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Footnote Citations    (↵ returns to text)

  1. Gehi AK at al. Psychopathology and symptoms of atrial fibrillation: implications for therapy. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2012 May;23(5):473-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8167.2011.02264.x. Epub 2012 Mar 19. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22429764
  2. Neale, T. Yoga May Calm Afib. MedscapeToday.com. Jan 23, 2013. Last accessed Jan 23, 2014. URL:http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Arrhythmias/37121
  3. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Your Health, Fall 2014.
  4. Lucile, H. (DrHollyLucille.com) Natural remedy for anxiety, Bottom Line Health, April, 2014, p. 16.
  5. Whitaker, J. PharmaGABA Chewables for Immediate Stress Relief. Whitaker Wellness Institute website. Last accessed March 29, 2014. URL: http://www.whitakerwellness.com/pharmagaba/
  6. Whitaker, J. Innovations in Wellness Medicine, Natural Solutions for Stress Relief. Dr. Whitaker’s Health & Healing, March 2015, Vol. 25, No. 3.
  7. Starbuck, Jamison. The Natural Way/No More Drugs for Anxiety. Bottom Line Health, Volume 29, Number 10, October 2015, p. 10.
  8. Ibid.

Want to Support Others with A-Fib? Become a Volunteer!

Atrial Fibrillation changes your life. There’s the emotional impact after being diagnosed. Then you have important decisions to make about your treatment and how to adjust to life with your A-Fib symptoms.

It helps to have someone who has “been there” and is there for them now. Having someone to turn to for advice, emotional support, and a sense of hope that one can be cured gives peace of mind.

We are blessed to have many generous people who have volunteered to help others get through their A-Fib ordeal.

Most A-Fib Support Volunteers are not medical personnel  They are not paid. They come from widely different backgrounds and live around the globe.

About Our Volunteers

These volunteers have gone through a lot while seeking their A-Fib cure. They have been helped along the way and want to return the favor. They offer other patients support and hope through exchanging emails, “listening” and sharing their stories. (Not all Support Volunteers are ‘cured’ of their A-Fib, but have found the best outcome for themselves.)

How About You? Want to be an A-Fib Support Volunteer?

Is this something you want to do? To begin, I suggest you browse the A-Fib Support Group page on our website at http://a-fib.com/resources-and-links/resource-support-volunteers/.

Here’s what A-Fib Support Volunteers agree to:

  • List their name and email address by geographic area/country (a few list a phone #);
  • Accept emails and answer in a timely manner;
  • “Listen”, encourage and offer hope of finding a cure.

Is This For You?

Send me at emai at ssryan(at)a-fib.com with the following information about yourself:
  1. Tell me why you want to be a support volunteer
  2. Your full name (for our correspondence) AND how you want it published
  3. Your City /US state; or your international city/country
  4. The email address you want listed (if different from the email for our correspondence)
  5. The email of a family member or friend as a backup contact if we loose contact with you.
  6. Any additional info about your expertise with A-Fib
  7. Attach a good quality photo of yourself (a head shot) in .jpg format. (It helps the reader relate to you.)
  8. Optional: We have a gift for you for signing up (flashlight keychain with our logo). If you wish, give us a shipping address.

After You Send Your Email – What’s Next

I will review the information you’ve sent for completeness. Then I’ll format your listing for our A-Fib Support Volunteers listing page. My wife, Patti, will prepare your photo (crop, color correct, etc.). Next, we’ll send it all back to you for your approval. Shortly after we get an okay from you, we’ll post your listing.

Questions?

Did I miss anything? I bet you have questions. Just email me at ssryan@a-fib.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Steve Ryan

Publisher of A-Fib.com and former A-Fib patient
Author of Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure

Resources & Links for Atrial Fibrillation Patients

We have personally picked these Resources & Links for Atrial Fibrillation Patients. (We evaluated hundreds of online sites to narrow down these lists.) We value the information these sites offer or share. Our selection of online websites may be useful as you continue your education and expand your knowledge of Atrial Fibrillation.

Our Resources and Links are organized by category:

♥  Recommended Online Links
♥  A-Fib.com Library of Videos and Animations
♥  Recommended Books and Reports
♥  Steve’s Shopping Guides to Select A-Fib-Related Products
♥  Online A-Fib Discussion Groups
♥  Our A-Fib Support Volunteers
♥  Our A-Fib Positive Thoughts/Prayer Group

Besides links to recommended online sources, we’ve included our own A-Fib.com-sponsored resources: our carefully screened library of instructional videos and animations designed for those who learn visually; the most up-to-date A-Fib-related books and reports, and our shopping guides to help you select from the several categories of A-Fib-related products of interest to A-Fib patients and their families.

And finally we offer you help through our own A-Fib Support Volunteers and Positive Thoughts/Prayer groups. Our volunteers are from all parts of the world. Each has A-Fib or is a former A-Fib patient who found their A-Fib cure or best outcome.

A few of our many A-Fib.com Support Volunteers

A few of our many A-Fib.com Support Volunteers

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Healing Power of Positive Thoughts & Prayer

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Support is just an email away

Resources & Links

Our A-Fib Positive Thoughts & Prayer Group

Do you have an important decision to make about your treatment? Or an upcoming procedure or surgery? Are you in need of prayer? Positive thoughts? Are you seeking guidance from a higher power? 

The Healing Power of Hope, Belief and Expectations

At A-Fib.com we believe—in healing through hope, belief, prayer—and in the power of positive thoughts. To support you in seeking your cure (or best outcome) we offer the assistance of our dedicated A-Fib Positive Thought/Prayer Group. This support group is just an email away. 

How to Send Your Request: Send your request to our coordinator, Barbara. Write to barbara: babareeba(at)aol.com (substitute an “@” for the “(at)”).

Additional Readings

You may enjoy reading the following articles and book: 

Can Positive Thoughts Help Heal Another Person? Barbara Bradley Hagerty. All Things Considered/NPR. May 21, 2009.

How the Power of Positive Thinking Won Scientific Credibility. The Atlantic Monthly. April 23, 2012.

Can Positive Thinking Help You HealLisa Rankin, M.D. Psychology Today. December 27, 2011.

J. Groopman

The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness by Jerome E. Groopman.  Written by an oncologist and citing actual patient cases (mostly cancer), Dr. Groopman explores the role of hope in fighting disease and healing. Top scientists are interviewed who study the biological link between emotion and biological responses; the most relevant studies are reviewed.

The author shows how hope, belief and expectations can alter the course of our lives, and even of our physical body. HOPE works! (Read my review on Amazon.com.)

Listen to an audio interview with The Anatomy of Hope author, Dr. Groopman on NPR’s Fresh Air program (recorded Sept. 2004; 20 min.)

Want to volunteer and support others? Volunteer for our dedicated A-Fib Positive Thought/Prayer Group! Contact Barbara at babareeba(at)aol.com.

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A-Fib Online Discussion Groups and Resources

Resources & Links

A-Fib Online Discussion Groups

You are not alone. One-to-one support and online support groups can be very helpful to patients and others interested in Atrial Fibrillation. 

Many, many others are dealing with Atrial Fibrillation. Reading the discussion can offer information, recommendations and perhaps a new perspective. But don’t stay on the sideline, participate! Join in. You’ll feel better.

These services are free, but some may require registration before you can read and/or post messages. Each of these groups is unique. Membership numbers vary greatly. Some offer useful databases of information. And while some are focused on a specific type of A-Fib, they often cover many subjects relevant to anyone concerned with Atrial Fibrillation.

One-to-One, our A-Fib Support Volunteers are just an email away at A-Fib.com

For one-to-one support, A-Fib Support Volunteers at A-Fib.com

A-Fib Support Volunteers: for one-to-one support at Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients 
AFIB Support Forum
A-fibcures Forum
Atrial Fibrillation Association UK Forum
Daily Strength Atrial Fibrillation Support Group
Facebook Group Atrial Fibrillation Support Forum
Facebook Group “What Is Atrial Fibrillation?
Lone Atrial Fibrillation Forum
StopAfib Discussion Forum

Do you have a favorite discussion group not listed here? Email us, so we can add it to our list.

Warning:  If you join any of these groups, you may not want to use your real name, address, etc. Insurance companies, employers, mortgage lenders, credit card companies, etc. may ‘Google’ you and find you belong to an Atrial Fibrillation site or have A-Fib. This may influence their decision-making about you.

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Our A-Fib Support Volunteers: Just an Email Away

Resources & Links

Our A-Fib Support Volunteers: Just an Email Away

A few of our many A-Fib.com Support Volunteers

A few of our many A-Fib.com Volunteers

Your first experiences with Atrial Fibrillation have changed your life in a number of ways: dealing with your A-Fib symptoms, the emotional toll as well and the impact on your family (and perhaps co-workers). In addition, you may be facing important decisions about your treatment and treatment options. 

It helps to have someone who’s “been there” and is there for you now.

Offering Hope: Our A-Fib Support Volunteers

Having someone you can turn to for advice, emotional support, and a sense of hope that you can be cured, may bring you peace of mind. Our volunteer listings are organized by geographic locations, within the U. S. and internationally by country and/or region. Click on link for more information:

List of U.S. Volunteers (link)
♥ 
List of Worldwide Volunteers (link)

Are you in need of prayer? Positive thoughts? Just email us your request.

Our A-Fib Positive Thoughts/Prayer Group

At A-Fib.com we believe in healing through hope, belief, prayer and in the power of positive thoughts. Do you have an important decision to make about your treatment? Or an upcoming procedure or surgery? Are you in need of prayer? Positive thoughts? Are you seeking guidance from a higher power?

To learn more about our group and how to send in your request, go to our A-Fib.com Positive Thoughts/Prayer Group.

Blessed by our World-Wide Volunteers

We are blessed to have many generous people who have volunteered to help others get through their A-Fib ordeal.Got A-Fib - Revised Oct 6 2015 550 deep pix wide at 96 res

Most A-Fib Support Volunteers are not medical personnel. They can’t be expected to have every medical A-Fib fact at their fingertips. They are not paid. They come from widely different backgrounds. But you can be sure they care about you and understand what you are going through.

These volunteers have gone through a lot while seeking their A-Fib cure. They have been helped along the way and want to return the favor. They offer you support and hope through exchanging emails and sharing their stories.

(Not all Support Volunteers are ‘cured’ of their A-Fib, but have found the best outcome for their situation. Some have special areas of expertise.)

For more information about our A-Fib Support Volunteers and how to volunteer, see my article: ‘Want to become a A-Fib Support Volunteer?’

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DISCLAIMER: A-Fib.com Support Volunteers are not medical doctors and are not affiliated with any medical school or organization. Any communication with A-Fib.com Support Volunteers is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing communicated by A-Fib.com Support Volunteers is intended to be for medical diagnosis or treatment. Their opinions are their own.

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