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



Beat Your A-Fib Book

A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice #2: Should You Dump Your Doctor?


‘Don’t be afraid to fire your doctor’.


Sheri Weber, from Boyce, VA: “I wish I had realized that the first doctor you see is not necessarily the right one for you. I fooled around way too long, believing what my cardio doctor said. I should have been thinking outside the box.  Run―don’t walk―to the best specialist you can find in your area.” )

Michele Straube, Salt Lake City, UT: “My experiences with cardiologists were hit and miss. Some told me the best they could do was medicate me so I could walk from the bed to the window and back. …I changed doctors.”

To be cured of your A-Fib: You may need to ‘fire’ your current doctor. Seek a heart rhythm specialist, an electrophysiologist (EP), who will partner with you to create a treatment plan—a path to finding your cure or best outcome. To make this happen, see Finding the Right Doctor for You and Your A-Fib.

The first doctor you see is not necessarily the right one for you.


‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice” is a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. From Chapter 12, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure  by Steve S. Ryan, PhD.

A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice #1: Find the Best, Choose a Specialist


‘Find the best electrophysiologist (EP),
a heart rhythm specialist, you can afford.’


Michele Straube, cured after 30 years in A-FibGo to an electrophysiologist, an A-Fib expert, right away, one with a high success rate at getting patients back into normal rhythm—you deserve nothing less.” 

Terry DeWitt, cured in 2007“Spend the time to find the best Electrophysiologist (arrhythmia specialist) you can find. It makes a big difference in treatment and in the success of the ablation procedure.”

Find the Best Doctor for You: To be cured of your A-Fib, you may need to ‘fire’ your current doctor. To help you seek the right doctor, we take your through the steps in our article: Finding the Right Doctor for You and Your A-Fib.

Run―don’t walk―to the best specialist you can find in your area.


‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice” is a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. From Chapter 12, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD.

The Hardest Lessons Learned About Atrial Fibrillaiton

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If you read this blog regularly, you’ve read our 10-part series of posts based on ‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice’ from my book, Beat Your A-Fib.

The list is a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. Click to see the full image.

The Series of Posts

If you missed a post, or simply want to re-read the original posts in this series, just click on the following links:

#1: What’s an EP?
#2: Dump Your Doctor?
#3: Don’t Believe Everything You’re Told About A-Fib
#4: Don’t Just Manage Your A-Fib with Meds. Seek your Cure.
#5: Don’t Let A-Fib Wreak its Havoc! Seek Your Cure ASAP
#6: Be Courageous. Be Aggressive.
#7: Persevere—More Than One Treatment May be Needed
#8: Get Emotional Support for the Stress and Anxiety
#9: Learn All Your Treatment Options Before Making Decisions
#10: Become Your Own Best Patient Advocate

From Chapter 10 of Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, by Steve S. Ryan, PhD.

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Hard-Learned Lessons: A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice Top 10 List

Earlier this year we published a 10-part series of posts based on ‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice’ in Chapter 12 of my book, Beat Your A-Fib.

The ‘Top 10 List’ is a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation.

To read the orginial posts in this series, just click on the the following links:

#1: What’s an EP?
#2: Dump Your Doctor?
#3: Don’t Believe Everything You’re Told About A-Fib
#4: Don’t Just Manage Your A-Fib with Meds. Seek your Cure.
#5: Don’t Let A-Fib Wreak its Havoc! Seek Your Cure ASAP
#6: Be Courageous. Be Aggressive.
#7: Persevere—More Than One Treatment May be Needed
#8: Get Emotional Support for the Stress and Anxiety
#9: Learn All Your Treatments Options Before Making Decisions
#10: Become Your Own Best Patient Advocate

From Chapter 10 of Beat Your A-Fib: The Essentiall Guide to Finding Your Cure, by Steve S. Ryan, PhD.

Don’t Take Any Medication Without Asking These 10 Questions

Before taking any prescription drug to treat your Atrial Fibrillation, you should educate yourself about the drug. We’ve prepared the top 10 questions you should ask your doctor. As a service to our readers, we offer the questions as a free PDF worksheet you can Download. It has convenient spaces to write down your doctor’s replies for later review.

Print as many as you need and take a copy to every doctor appointment (you never know when you’ll need one). Download our worksheet (and don’t forget to save to your hard drive).

Before Starting a Prescription Drug, Ask These Questions

Use our worksheet as a guide as you ask these questions of your doctor or healthcare professional, and note their responses:

Download our Free Worksheet

1. Why am I being prescribed this medication?
2. What are the side effects of this drug?
3. Are there any precautions or special dietary instructions I should follow?
4. Can it interfere with my other medications?
5. What should I do if I forget a dose?
6. How long before I know if this drug is working?
7. How will I be monitored on this drug? How often?
8. What happens if this drug doesn’t work?
9. What if my A-Fib symptoms become worse?
10. If I don’t respond to medications, will you consider non-pharmaceutical treatments (such as a Pulmonary Vein Isolation procedure)?

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Keep your medical records in a binder or folder.

Your A-Fib Binder or Folder

When completed, file the worksheet in your A-Fib binder or file folder to use for future reference and follow-up.

Your A-Fib binder is where you should file and organize all your A-Fib-related treatment information: printouts of information from the internet and your local public library or medical center library, notes from phone calls with doctors’ offices, and answers to “interview” questions during doctor consultations.

Research Any Prescription Drug 

To determine if the prescription is the right one for you, do your research. An excellent prescription database is the U.S. National Library of Medicine Drug Information Portal. (For an example, see the page on Warfarin [Coumadin].)

Also see the free worksheet: Keep an Inventory List of Your Medications


Worksheet from Chapter 6 of Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, by Steve S. Ryan, PhD

My Top 7 Picks: Books for A-Fib Patients and Their Families

By Steve S. Ryan, PhD

Knowledge is power. Educate yourself about Atrial Fibrillation. Empower yourself as a patient. Learn to see through the hype of healthcare websites!
My top 7 A-Fib reference books and guides at A-Fib.com

My Top 7 Recommendations for A-Fib Patients and Their Families

For patients and their families, these are our favorite books about A-Fib as well as patient empowerment, unmasking the facts behind health statistics, the importance of Magnesium supplements and insights into the pharmaceutical industry. And a Bonus: the best medical dictionary for A-Fib patients.

These books and guides are available from many online sources, but to make it easy for you (and to read my other recommendations), see my ‘Wish List’ on Amazon.com. (Note: Use our Amazon portal link, and your purchases help support A-Fib.com.) 

Beat Your A-Fib book cover at A-Fib.com1. Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure: Written in everyday language for patients with Atrial Fibrillation

A-Fib can be cured! That’s the theme of this book written by a former A-Fib patient and publisher of the patient education website, A-Fib.com. Empowers patients to seek their cure. Written in plain language for A-Fib patients and their families.

Practice Guide to Heart Rhythm Problems at A-Fib.com2. A Patient’s Guide to Heart Rhythm Problems (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)

Up-to-date resource on heart arrhythmias. Good overview of the heart and its functions. Several good chapters on Atrial Flutter and Atrial Fibrillation. Also a very good chapter entitled ‘Defensive Patienting’.

Medifocus Guide to Atrial Fibrillation report cover at A-Fib.com3. Medifocus Guidebook on: Atrial Fibrillation

Updated annually. Categories of research studies, drug therapies and non-drug therapies. Synopis only. Must find full-length documents online or at a library. For current issue go to: http://tinyurl.com/MedifocusGuide-AFIB

The Magnesium Miracle book cover at A-Fib.com4. The Magnesium Miracle (Revised and Updated Edition)

Comprehensive book on the importance and helpful benefits of magnesium as well as just what a magnesium deficiency causes. Easy-to-read with organized sections and easy-to-use dosing recommendations. Best seller on Amazon.com

Know Your Chances book cover at A-Fib.com5. Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics

Do you question the facts behind today’s barrage of health risk messages? Unmask the truth. Learn to see through the hype in medical news, TV drug ads and pitches from advocacy groups.

The Empowered Patient book cover at A-Fib.com6. The Empowered Patient: How to Get the Right Diagnosis, Buy the Cheapest Drugs, Beat Your Insurance Company, and Get the Best Medical Care Every Time

Excellent resource. Learn about the times when we need to be a ‘bad patient’. It’s okay to ‘rock the boat’ or be a ‘nuisance’. When it comes to medicine, trust no one completely. Everyone should read this book.

Bad Pharma book cover at A-Fib.com7. Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

A real eye-opener to the decades-long goals and tactics of the pharmaceutical industry to create and maintain demand for their products. A must read for anyone taking prescription meds for the long-term (i.e. hypertension, high cholesterol, etc.).

Oxford Concise Medical Dictionary book cover at A-Fib.comBONUS: Concise Medical Dictionary (Oxford Quick Reference)

An  excellent medical dictionary, the best I’ve found for patients with Atrial Fibrillation who are conducting research into their best treatment options. Includes occasional illustrations (for fun check p. 276 for the types of fingerprint patterns).

Read More, Learn More

Knowledge is power. Educate yourself and become your own best patient advocate!

To see my complete list of all items I recommend for A-Fib patients and their families, see my list on Amazon.com: By a Former A-Fib Patient: My Recommended Products.

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Share Your Tip

Do you have a favorite book that has helped you with your Atrial Fibrillation? Email me about it.

Is a specific treatment working for you? Have lifestyle changes helped? Or, perhaps, an alternative or homeopathic remedy?

Won’t you email us and share your tip?

Cardiologists Offer Little A-Fib Advice, Even to a Fellow Doctor!

John Bennett MD personal A-Fib story at A-Fib.com

John Bennett MD

A-Fib Patient Story #87

Cardiologists Offer Little A-Fib Advice, Even to a Fellow Doctor!

By John Bennett, MD, July 2016

John Bennett, MD, is known for his series of Google Hangouts live videos featuring experts in a variety of medical fields. To learn more, visit his website, Internetmedicine.com, “Where the Internet Meets Medicine.” Previously Dr. Bennett worked in Emergency Medicine in Miami, Florida.

I had the good fortune to run into Steve Ryan, find his website, and get his book. Ultimately I got fine care and returned to having a healthy heart. My story being at age 57 when I suddenly went into Atrial Fibrillation.

I Trusted My Cardiologist

As a physician, I had the usual knowledge most physicians have about A Fib—which is not much, especially the care of chronic Atrial Fibrillation. Like most people, I trusted my cardiologist to do the best thing for me.

My first cardiologist did not even mention cardioversion to get me back in sinus rhythm.

First Cardiologist No Options But Drugs—I Hated Coumadin

My first cardiologist did the usual workup, and prescribed Coumadin. I hated that medicine. Made me feel tired, no energy, but I accepted it.

Finally, I got tired of being tired, so I started to do some online research.

I found out that you could elect to be cardioverted, which my first cardiologist did not even mention (since, of course, he would lose me as a patient, if I returned to normal sinus rhythm).

Electrocardioversion Works for 7 Years

Well, he did. I then went straight to an Electrophysiologist (EP), who converted me, and it lasted 7 years. I was cardioverted again but this time it only lasted 5 months.

Still, no talk of catheter ablation. I had to chase my doctor down the hall to say, “What’s the plan?”

Research and reading  ‘Beat Your A-Fib’, I found I might be a candidate for catheter ablation.

Ablation and A-Fib Free—“Beat Your A-Fib” Book

Next, I went back to the internet where I ran across Steve’s book, ‘Beat Your A-Fib’ and found I might be a candidate for catheter ablation.

July 2015 I had an ablation by Dr. Todd Florin at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach (highly recommended, good listener, super team) and returned to normal sinus rhythm.  It’s been one year and I am still in normal sinus rhythm. If you’ve had A-Fib, I don’t have to tell you the difference between A-Fib and sinus rhythm.

I am truly appreciative about Steve’s work [A-Fib.com] and his book. I feel like a real human being again, with normal energy levels.

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned graphic at A-Fib.com

Take an active role in your care.

Like Steve says, catheter ablation may not be the answer for every patient with A Fib.

But you need to be aware of it! Read. Be aggressive with your cardiologist. Ask about catheter ablation [and other options]. Take an active role in the care of your pump!

Steve’s book, “Beat Your A-Fib,” motivated me to get active and investigate my treatment options.

Isn’t it sad that TWO of my Cardiologists did not care enough to even mention ablation to me? And I am a friggin’ doctor―and they treated me that way!

John Bennet, MD
Miami, Florida

Editor’s comments
Electrocardioversion best for recent-onset A-Fib: Dr. Bennett was very fortunate to have a cardioversion keep him in sinus rhythm for seven years.
Unfortunately for most patients, a cardioversion seldom lasts that long. It works best in cases of recent onset A-Fib. It’s a very safe procedure and is certainly worth a try, but cardioversion is seldom a permanent cure for A-Fib. Don’t be surprised if you’re back in A-Fib within a week to a month.

Amazing! Dr. Bennett’s fellow physicians didn’t tell him about options like electrocardioversion and catheter ablation.

You can’t always trust cardiologists (or the media): What’s most amazing about Dr. Bennett’s story is that his fellow physicians and colleagues (whom he trusted) didn’t tell him about options like Electrocardioversion and catheter ablation.
Today’s media and web sites talk about “Living with A-Fib”.  But living in A-Fib is detrimental to your long-term health.
In contrast, the message at A-Fib.com is: You don’t have to live in A-Fib. Seek your Cure.

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Patients’ Best Advice #10: Become Your Own Best Patient Advocate

THE TOP 10 LIST #10

Become Your Own Best Patient Advocate.

A-FIB PATIENTS’ BEST ADVICE

From Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, Chapter 12: Your Journey to a Cure, and personal stories from A-Fib.com. Advice from patients now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation:

Joan Schneider at A-Fib.com

Joan S.,

Joan Schneider, Ann Arbor, MI, tells of her astonishment how little her doctors told her about A-Fib:

“I was so desperate for answers I started searching on-line. My jaw hit the table. [She said to herself…] ‘How could my physicians not explain these things to me?’ Once I was able to really comprehend my future, I was able to make things happen.
Best advice: Don’t be afraid to fire your physician, and be your own advocate.” (pp. 119-124)
Michele Straube

Michele S.

Michele Straub, Salt Lake City, Utah, encourages you to be more active in your own treatment plan:

“Do not take ‘this is as good as it gets’ as an answer—do your own research about what’s possible. Take a co-leadership role with your doctor.” (pp. 88-90)

John Thorton from Sioux Falls, SD, wrote about his PVCs and ignoring the bad advice from his doctors:

John and Marcia Thornton

John & Marcia T.

“The local MDs (about a half dozen different ones), cardiologists, EPs, and other local specialists, all told me stuff like: “Everyone has PVCs” and “PVCs are benign,” and “It is just anxiety,” and “You just need to learn to live with it”. Which was completely WRONG.
Be Assertive, Even Aggressive: I had to set up my own appointment at Mayo Clinic to get evaluated there. It was a lot of work, by me alone, to get in to see the doctors at Mayo, but it was worth it.
I honestly believe that had I not gone to Mayo I would have suffered some major heart event, or possibly death.”

Our A-Fib Support Volunteers: Just an Email Away

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To become your own best patient advocate, it helps to have someone who has ‘been there’ and is there for you now—someone you can turn to for advice, emotional support, and a sense of hope that you can be cured. Someone who can share their own story or just ‘listen’ to yours.

Our A-Fib Support Volunteers are just an email message away. Note: Not all Support Volunteers are ‘cured’ of their A-Fib, but have found the best outcome for their situation.

Our volunteers are listed by U.S. state and worldwide by geographical region. Learn more at: Our A-Fib Support Volunteers

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Become Your Own Best Patient Advocate!

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‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice’ is a a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. From Chapter 12, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD (beatyoura-fib.com)

Coming soon: a .PDF of the
Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice
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Patients’ Best Advice #8: Get Emotional Support for the Stress and Anxiety

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THE TOP 10 LIST #8

Get emotional support for the stress and anxiety
and to keep up your spirits.

A-FIB PATIENTS’ BEST ADVICE

From Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, Chapter 12: Your Journey to a Cure. Advice from patients (and a spouse) now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillations:

Jay Teresi

Jay T.

Jay Teresi, Atlanta, GA, USA. cured after having A-Fib for over ten years:

“Of the entire experience, anxiety has been the greatest challenge. Don’t beat yourself up if you deal with this. Be honest with the doctors about it and get help. And help your family to understand as they are your greatest support system.” (pp. 98-100)
Kelley T.

Kelley T.

Kelly Teresi, wife of Jay Teresi, about coping with her husband’s A-Fib:
“This disease is so far beyond what a non-A-Fib person can comprehend—many times I found myself frustrated, not understanding what was going on with Jay’s thoughts and heart.
Jay’s A-Fib and the associated anxiety has left its imprint on our lives. I’m told that couple’s counseling can help when one spouse feels burdened with the patience, understanding and emotional support required on behalf of the other spouse.” (pp. 101-105)
Max Jussila, A-Fib Support Volunteer at A-Fib.com

Max J.

Max Jussila, Shanghai, China, about the emotional impact of his A-Fib:

“I have never been mentally so incapable…even the simplest work-related problems seemed impossible for me to handle, let alone solve. I had become totally obnoxious towards my wife and colleagues.
I was only 52 years old…but mentally I was reduced to a six–year-old child with constant tantrums.” (pp. 92-97)
Joy G.

Joy G.

Joy Gray, Manchester, New Hampshire, encourages you find a support group:

“Realize that there are others who have been through this, find them, and use them as part of your support system.” (pp 132-137)

A-Fib Wreaks Havoc with Your Head as Well as Your Heart.

Seven ways to cope with feat and anxiety of a-fib at A-Fib.com

Article: Seven Ways to Cope

Anxiety, fear, worry, confusion, frustration and depression, and at times, anger. The psychological and emotional effects of A-Fib can be debilitating. Recent research indicates that “psychological distress” worsens the severity of A-Fib symptoms.

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.

For a step-by-step guide, see our article: Seven Ways to Cope with Your A-Fib Fear and Anxiety.

Acknowledge the Stress and Anxiety.
Seek Emotional Support. 

Learn more: Seven Ways to Cope with Your A-Fib Fear and Anxiety.


‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice’ is a a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. From Chapter 12, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD (beatyoura-fib.com)

Next, look for #9 on the
Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice
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Patients’ Best Advice #7: Persevere—More Than One Treatment May be Needed

THE TOP 10 LIST #7

Persevere-Try More Than One Treatment if Necessary

A-FIB PATIENTS’ BEST ADVICE

From Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, Chapter 12: Your Journey to a Cure. These patients needed more than one type of treatment to become free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation:

Joan S.

Joan Schneider, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, tells about starting with drug therapy:

“The Pill-in-the-Pocket (PIP) [drug therapy] served me well prior to my [catheter ablation] procedure.” (pp. 119-124)

Jay Teresi, Atlanta, GA, describes his second ablation after being A-Fib free for three-years:

Jay T.

Jay T.

“[My EP] explained that my first procedure was a success. However, during the healing process a tiny spot did not scar and this allowed the A-Fib to trip again. He ablated that portion and touched up all the other areas. I have now been free of A-Fib for over four years (as of September, 2011).” (pp. 98-100)

Harry Emmett Finch, Malibu, CA. With 40-years of A-Fib, Emmett’s treatment evolved beyond drug therapy to his PV catheter ablation, then AV Node ablation with Pacemaker and, most recently, installation of the Watchman device:

Emmett F.

Emmett F.

“There is more help available today than when I first developed my A-Fib [in 1972], and I’m sure more treatment options (like the Watchman device) will be available in the future.” (pp 181-189)

A-Fib is Not a One-size-fits-all Disease

Your Atrial Fibrillation is unique to you. Along with various treatments, you may need to address concurrent medical conditions (i.e, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, sleep apnea). Likewise, you may need to make lifestyle changes (e.g., diet, exercise, caffeine, alcohol, smoking).

In addition, your heart is a resilient muscle that tends to heal itself, so you may need repeated procedures.

Try More Than One Treatment if Necessary.

Learn more at: Treatments for A-Fib


‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice’ is a a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. From Chapter 12, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD (beatyoura-fib.com)

Next, look for #8 on the
Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice
Please, share the advice ♥ 

Patients’ Best Advice #6: Be Courageous. Be Aggressive.

THE TOP 10 LIST #6

Don’t settle. Be courageous. Be aggressive.

A-FIB PATIENTS’ BEST ADVICE

From Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, Chapter 12: Your Journey to a Cure. Advice to be proactive from patients now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation:

Joy G.

Joy G.

Joy Gray, Manchester, New Hampshire

“A-Fib tends to be a progressive disease, so taking an aggressive approach to treatment early on may be your best option. (pp.132-137)

Sheri Weber, Boyce, Virginia

Sheri Weber on A-fib.com

Sheri W.

“A-Fib hardly ever gets better. Be aggressive. Anger and determination led me to researching options. Find the solution that fits you best.  Every case is different.
You can learn from others’ experiences, but you cannot determine what is best for your case unless you have all the facts, tests and personal goals in line.” (pp. 106-109)
Michele Straube

Michele S.

Michele Straub, Salt Lake City, Utah

“Do not take “this is as good as it gets” as an answer— do your own research about what’s possible and take a co-leadership role with your doctor.” (pp. 88-90)

Read A-Fib Patient Stories of Hope and Courage

A-Fib Personal Story on A-Fib.comOther A-Fib patients have been where you are right now. Dozens have shared their personal experience here at A-Fib.com (starting with Steve Ryan’s story in 1998). Told in the first-person, 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. Go to: Personal A-Fib Stories of Hope and Encouragement.

Read how others found the courage
to seek their A-Fib cure.

Learn more at: Personal A-Fib Stories


‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice’ is a a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. From Chapter 12, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD (beatyoura-fib.com)

Next, look for #7 on the
Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice
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Inspiration: Get Your A-Fib Fixed Advises Ex-A-Fib Patient Daniel Doane

DANIEL DOANE cloud quote 600 x 750 pix at 300 resBe inspired by Daniel Doane and his first-person account of his journey to a life free of A-Fib. Read his story and many others in our book, Beat Your A-Fib. Or visit A-Fib.com’s Personal A-Fib Stories of Hope for over 80 narratives by patients dealing with the burden of Atrial Fibrillation.

Patients’ Best Advice #5: Don’t Let A-Fib Wreak its Havoc! Seek Your Cure ASAP

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THE TOP 10 LIST #5

Don’t Delay-Get Treatment as Soon as Practical.

A-FIB PATIENTS’ BEST ADVICE

From Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, Chapter 12: Your Journey to a Cure. Advice from patients now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation:

Daniel D.

Daniel D.

Daniel Doane, Sonora, California, USA, A-Fib free after Totally Thoracoscopic (TT) Mini-Maze surgery:

“I didn’t realize how continued A-Fib so drastically remodels your heart. ‘A-FIB BEGETS A-FIB’ was the phrase that brought it home to me.
Every instance of A-Fib changed my heart, remodeled the substrate, and made it more likely to happen again. Get your A-Fib taken care of. It won’t go away. It may seem to get better, but it will return. (pp. 152-162)
Roger M.

Roger M.

Roger Meyer, Columbus, Ohio, from three generations of A-Fib, had the Cox-Maze surgery:

“I can now say, first hand, that there ARE bad effects from A-Fib and especially from A-Fib that is not treated early. I now wish I had had some of the today’s more aggressive A-Fib treatment options which weren’t available to me in my younger years.
My best advice: Don’t let A-Fib wreak its havoc untreated!” (pp. 110-115)
Joan S.

Joan S.

Joan Schneider, Ann Arbor, MI, from Pill-in-the-Pocket therapy to A-Fib free after catheter ablation:

“My advice to other AF patients: Know that paroxysmal AF becomes chronic. Drugs only work for so long. Heart modification will occur, and options will become few. Get with a great EP  and/or AF clinic and find your cure.” (pp. 119-124)

Leaving Patients in A-Fib Overworks the Heart, Leads to Remodeling and Fibrosis

Don’t just manage your A-Fib with medication. Seek your Cure.

Controlling symptoms with drugs, but leaving patients in A-Fib, overworks the heart, leads to fibrosis and and increases the risk of stroke. Fibrosis makes the heart stiff, less flexible and weak, reduces pumping efficiency and leads to other heart problems. The abnormal rhythm in your atria causes electrical changes and enlarges your atria (called remodeling).

A-Fib begets A-Fib. Your A-Fib episodes become more frequent and longer, often leading to continuous (Chronic) A-Fib. (However, some people never progress to more serious A-Fib stages.)

Don’t Delay—Seek Your A-Fib Cure.

Learn more at: Overview of Atrial Fibrillation


‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice’ is a a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. From Chapter 12, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD (beatyoura-fib.com)

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Patients’ Best Advice #3: Don’t Believe Everything You’re Told About A-Fib

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‘Don’t let anyone tell you A-Fib isn’t that serious,
or just learn to live with it’.

 THE A-FIB PATIENTS’ BEST ADVICE

From Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, Chapter 12: Your Journey to a Cure. Advice from patients now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation:

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Ken H.

Ken Hungerford from New South Wales, Australia, shared:

During this period I asked three cardiologists about these episodes, and they all basically told me to simply put up with them. (pp.125-128)

Sheri Weber from Boyce, Virginia, was dissatisfied with the answers from her doctor:

Sheri Weber on A-fib.com

Sheri W.

“I questioned the cardio doctor about my future with A-Fib thinking there must be a cure and knowing absolutely nothing about the disease. His response was to tell me many people live with A-Fib and did not suggest any treatment aside from medication. (pp. 106-109)

Warren Welsh, Melbourne, Australia, talks about the years he needlessly endured A-Fib, in part, based on one doctor’s advice:

Warren Welsh on A-Fib.com

Warren W.

I would urge any A-Fib sufferers not to make the same mistakes I did by not researching their treatment options. …I experienced several years of unnecessary suffering by accepting an opinion of one specialist who said I would have to live in A-Fib.
I believe that unless there are special circumstances…any advice on treatment that is not directed towards a possible cure should be questioned.”  (pp.116-118)

VIDEO: Buyer Beware: Misleading or Inaccurate A-Fib Info Abounds

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In a short video, Steve S. Ryan, PhD, warns to beware of misleading and incorrect A-Fib information published by reputable sources on the internet and in print media.

Talking with host Skip E. Lowe, Steve gives three specific examples of why you need to be on the lookout for inaccurate statements about Atrial Fibrillation. 3:59 min. Watch video now.


‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice’ is a a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. From Chapter 12, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD (beatyoura-fib.com)

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Patients’ Best Advice #2: Dump Your Doctor?

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Top 10 List #2

‘Don’t be afraid to fire your doctor’.

 THE A-FIB PATIENTS’ BEST ADVICE

Sheri Weber

Sheri Weber

From Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, Chapter 12: Your Journey to a Cure:

Sheri Weber, from Boyce, VA, shared this advice about finding the right doctor for your treatment goals:

“I wish I had realized that the first doctor you see is not necessarily the right one for you. I fooled around way too long, believing what my cardio doctor said. I should have been thinking outside the box. 

Run―don’t walk―to the best specialist you can find in your area.” (pp. 106-109) 

Michele Straube

Michele Straube

Michele Straube, Salt Lake City, UT, chimed in with similar advice about changing doctors. She wrote:

“My experiences with cardiologists were hit and miss.

Early on I was told that they had never seen someone so young with A-Fib (at the time, I was in my mid 20s), and some told me the best they could do was medicate me so I could walk from the bed to the window and back. …I changed doctors.” (pp. 88-91)

How to Find the Best Doctor for You

To be cured of your A-Fib, you may need to ‘fire’ your current doctor. Seek a heart rhythm specialist, an electrophysiologist (EP), who will partner with you to create a treatment plan—a path to finding your cure or best outcome. To make this happen, see Finding the Right Doctor for You and Your A-Fib.

The first doctor you see is not necessarily
the right one for you.


‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice’ is a a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. From Chapter 12, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD (beatyoura-fib.com)

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Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice #1: What’s an EP?

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THE TOP 10 LIST #1

‘Find the best heart rhythm specialist (EP) you can afford.’

A-FIB PATIENTS’ BEST ADVICE

From Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, Chapter 12: Your Journey to a Cure:

Michele Straube

Michele S.

Michele Straube, cured after 30 years in A-Fib, wrote in her personal A-Fib story:

Go to an electrophysiologist, an A-Fib expert, right away, one with a high success rate at getting patients back into normal rhythm—you deserve nothing less.” (pp. 88-90)

Terry DeWitt, cured in 2007 from a clinical trial for CryoBalloon ablation, offered his best advice:

Terry Dewitt at A-Fib.com

Terry D.

“Spend the time to find the best Electrophysiologist (arrhythmia specialist) you can find. It makes a big difference in treatment and in the success of the ablation procedure.” (pp. 138-143)

Keep in Mind: “For many A-Fib patients, their best outcome came about only when they told their doctor,I want to cure my A-Fib, not just manage it.’ (And, if needed, they also changed doctors.)” (p. 171)

How to Find the Best Doctor for You

To be cured of your A-Fib, you may need to ‘fire’ your current doctor. Seek a heart rhythm specialist, an electrophysiologist (EP), who will partner with you to create a treatment plan—a path to finding your cure or best outcome. To make this happen, see Finding the Right Doctor for You and Your A-Fib.

Run―don’t walk―to the best specialist
you can find in your area.


‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice’ is a a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. From Chapter 12, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD (beatyoura-fib.com)

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Be Cautious: Some A-Fib-related Sites are Biased

Be cautious when surfing the net. Some A-Fib-related resources may be biased toward a particular treatment technique, pharmaceutical, or medical device (often for financial gain). Always ask yourself: Who is paying for this website? And what is their agenda?

Caution - when searching A-Fib websites always ask: who is paying for this site and what is their agenda?

Always consult your healthcare professional before acting on any information you find on the internet.

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