ABOUT 'BEAT YOUR A-FIB'...


"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"



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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

"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


Videos

My Top 5 Articles About Warfarin Therapy, Associated Risks and Alternatives

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Any treatment plan for Atrial Fibrillation must address the increased risk of clots and stroke. By far the most commonly used medicine for stroke prevention is the anticoagulant warfarin (brand name Coumadin).

But warfarin is a tough drug to take long term with monthly blood tests and possible side effects. These are my top 5 articles to help you understand warfarin therapy, the associated risks and some of the alternatives.

Review these articles to learn more about Warfarin therapy:

1. Clinical Trials Results: Watchman Better Than a Lifetime on Warfarin;

2. Arterial Calcification From Warfarin: Vitamin K May Reverse it;

3. “Is there a way to get off blood thinners all together? I hate taking Coumadin. I know I’m at risk of an A-Fib stroke.”;

4. How to Avoid the Bleeding Risk of Anticoagulants;

5. If Sixty and Older: 99% Have Microbleeds—So Are Anticoagulants Risky?

Bonus: Video about Warfarin

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Excellent introduction to anticoagulant therapy with warfarin (Coumadin). Patients and medical professionals (clinical nurse, doctors, a pharmacist  and clinical dietician) discuss the practical issues associated with taking warfarin. (16:22) Uploaded on Mar 7, 2011. Produced by Johns Hopkins Medicine.

An Alternative to Blood Thinners

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The WATCHMAN device

Do you hate having to take Coumadin? Hate the monthly testing? Bothered by side effects? An alternative to taking blood thinners is closing off your Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) with the Watchman, an occlusion device. Learn more: The Watchman™ Device: The Alternative to Blood Thinners.

My Top 5 Picks: Intro A-Fib Videos for the Newly Diagnosed

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These are my top 5 picks of basic videos for the newly diagnosed patient or anyone who wants to better understand Atrial Fibrillation. Great for the A-Fib patient’s family, friends and co-workers.

1. How Your Heart Works and Understanding Arrhythmias

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Understanding Arrhythmias

Animation of the normal heart with narration. Illustrations of the four steps of every heart beat; Identifies the parts of the heart. Describes heart arrhythmias; Visualizes how during an arrhythmia, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to all parts of the body, especially to the brain. The lack of blood flow can damage the brain, heart, and other organs. (1:33) Posted by Apollo Hospitals Dhaka.

2. Stroke Prevention in A-Fib and Anticoagulant Therapy

Treatment for stroke prevention in AFThrough interviews and animations explains how atrial fibrillation can cause stroke and why anticoagulation is so important; Discussion of: warfarin (Coumadin), the required monitoring, interactions with food, alcohol and other drugs: newer anticoagulants (NOACs) that do not require regular testing, aren’t affected by foods [but are expensive]. The need for anticoagulation is an important decision to be made with your doctor. On-camera interviews with AF Association CEO, Trudie Lobban MBE and other experts (5:36)  Developed in association with the drug maker, Boehringer Ingelheim.

3. The EKG Signal and Conduction System of the Heart

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The EKG signal

Excellent illustration of the heart and a fully labeled graphic of theConduction System of the Heart’. Descriptive text accompanies each step in the animation. Step 2 animates a normally beating heart and shows the electrical signal path. Along side is the corresponding EKG tracing (signal) in perfect sync. The 3rd step shows the same heart but this time in Atrial Fibrillation. Along side is the EKG tracing of the heart in A-Fib with the EKG of a normal heart below it. From the American Heart Association website.

4. About Magnesium Deficiency with Dr. Carolyn Dean

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Most A-Fib patients are deficient in Magnesium.The Best Way to Supplement Magnesium with Dr. Carolyn Dean, the author of The Magnesium Miracle. Getting nutrients through food is not always possible; discusses side effects of too much and how you can tell if you have a deficiency. (3:39). See also: Importance of Balancing Calcium & Magnesium“: Why you need to have both in the body; the problem of ‘calcium overload’. (1:00)

5. When Drug Therapy Fails: Why Patients Consider Catheter Ablation

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Why Patients Consider Catheter Ablation

Dr. Susan M. Sharma discusses why patients with atrial fibrillation turn to ablation when drug therapy doesn’t work. Dr. Sharma presents research findings about the success rate of catherter ablation. Includes transcript of the narration. (3:00 min.) From Insidermedicine.com.

Disclaimer: Videos provided for your convenience only; we make no endorsement of a specific treatment, physician or medical facility.

Visit our A-Fib.com Video Library
for more introductory-level videos

STEVE RYAN VIDEOS:
We’ve edited Steve’s most interesting radio and TV interviews to create several short (3-5 min.) videos. Check out Videos Featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD, publisher of A-Fib.com.

Like Videos? Browse our A-Fib Library of Videos and Animations

We have loads of A-Fib-related videos in our Video Library. For the reader who learns visually through motion graphics, audio, and personal interviews, these short videos are organized loosely into three levels: introductory/basic, intermediate and in-depth/advanced. Click to browse our video library.

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Steve Ryan Videos: We’ve edited Steve’s most interesting radio and TV interviews to create several short (3-5 min.) videos. Check out Videos Featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD, publisher of A-Fib.com.

A Popular Video: ‘Buyer Beware of Misleading or Inaccurate A-Fib Information’
Beware of misleading and incorrect A-Fib information published by reputable sources on the internet and in print media. Steve S. Ryan, PhD, gives three specific examples of why you need to be on the lookout for inaccurate statements about Atrial Fibrillation. 3:59 min. Click to Watch video.

‘Doctor Health’ Radio: A-Fib Patients & Common Mineral Deficiencies

INTERVIEW: Dr David Snow, host of Doctor Health Radio, talks with Steve S. Ryan, PhD, publisher of A-Fib.com, about magnesium and potassium deficiencies, both common among A-Fib patients; how ‘calcium overload’ can actually bring on Atrial Fibrillation; other supplements to promote a healthy heart; and a few warnings for A-Fib patients.

See our library of videos about Atrial Fibrillation

Video Format: radio interview with lower third graphic titles.
Length: 5:27 min. Click to listen in.

VIDEO LIBRARY: We have loads of A-Fib-related videos in our Video Library. For the reader who learns visually through motion graphics, audio, and personal interviews, these videos are organized loosely into three levels: introductory/basic, intermediate and in-depth/advanced.

See our video library for more videos featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD.

Videos: Dr. Carolyn Dean Discusses Magnesium Deficiency

Video: Importance of Balancing Calcium & Magnesium Dr. Carolyn Dean.

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Magnesium information for A-Fib patients. We’ve two videos to our A-Fib Video Library featuring Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, talking about magnesium deficiency and calcium overload:

The Best Way to Supplement Magnesium” with Dr. Carolyn Dean. Getting nutrients through food is not always possible; discusses side effects of too much Mg and how you can tell if you have a deficiency.(3:39) Go to video. From iHealthTube.com.

Importance of Balancing Calcium & Magnesium”. Dr. Dean discusses the importance of balancing your intake of magnesium and calcium (2:1); the benefits of both and why you need to have both in the body; the problem of ‘calcium overload’. (2:30) Go to video. From iHealthTube.com.

VIDEO: My Family’s A-Fib was Misdiagnosed for Years

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A new video and a new personal A-Fib story. Susan Klein writes that A-Fib runs in her family.

“I come from a long line of people with cardiac rhythm disorders. As I write this, I am 67, female and live in Chicago. At age 42, I realized I hadn’t escaped the family ‘curse’―referred to as “it” or “the mouse running around in my chest.”

Misdiagnosed for Years

Watching my family members suffer with “it”, convinced me that doctors were powerless to stop it. It took me a long time to seek medical advice; and when I first did, I was misdiagnosed.” Continue reading her personal A-Fib story.

Includes a video featuring Susan talking about her ablation using the FIRM mapping system pioneered by her Stanford cardiologist, Dr. Sanjiv Narayan.

VIDEO: In the EP Lab During a Catheter Ablation with Dr. Robert Fishel


Join Dr. Robert S. Fishel in the EP lab for a look inside a Catheter Ablation Procedure. He describes and demonstrates mapping technology and the use of the catheter during an in-progress catheter ablation. Dr. Robert S. Fishel is Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach. (2:50 min.)

NOTE: In Jan. 2014, Steve joined Dr. Fishel in the EP Lab while in Florida for the 2014 BAFS. See A-Fib Alerts: January issue for photos of Steve in scrubs!

NEW! Videos Featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD

TV icon with A-Fib 215 x 200 pix at 300 resSteve has appeared on many radio and TV shows talking about Atrial Fibrillation. We’ve edited the best and most interesting segments of these original programs to create several short (3-5 min.) videos. Each includes a description with the topics covered. To browse Steve’s videos, go to: Videos Featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD, Publisher of A-Fib.com.

We encourage you to SHARE Steve’s videos with others and to post links to your online accounts. Help spread the word about Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients, A-Fib.com!

TWO VIDEOS About Magnesium Deficiency with Dr. Carolyn Dean

We’ve added two videos to our A-Fib Video Library featuring Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, talking about magnesium deficiency and calcium overload:

See our library of videos about Atrial Fibrillation

See our library of videos

The Best Way to Supplement Magnesium” with Dr. Carolyn Dean. Getting nutrients through food is not always possible; discusses side effects of too much Mg and how you can tell if you have a deficiency.(3:39) Go to video. From iHealthTube.com.

Importance of Balancing Calcium & Magnesium”. Dr. Dean discusses the importance of balancing your intake of magnesium and calcium (2:1); the benefits of both and why you need to have both in the body; the problem of ‘calcium overload’. (2:30) Go to video. From iHealthTube.com.

Video: Importance of Balancing Calcium & Magnesium with Dr. Carolyn Dean

Instructional A-Fib Videos and Animations

Importance of Balancing Calcium & Magnesium“. Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, discusses the importance of balancing calcium and magnesium supplementation. She looks at the benefits of both and why you need to have both in the body. (2:30) From iHealthTube.com.

iHealthTube.comIt’s Easy to Get Too Much Calcium

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Last updated: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
 

Video: The Best Way to Supplement Magnesium with Dr. Carolyn Dean

 

Instructional A-Fib Videos and Animations

The Best Way to Supplement Magnesium with Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, talks about the best ways to supplement magnesium for those with magnesium deficient diets.(3:39) From iHealthTube.com.

iHealthTube.comThe Best Way to Supplement Magnesium
 

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Last updated: Sunday, January 10, 2016

Video: Steve S. Ryan on Atrial Fibrillation: A-Fib Can be Cured!

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Video: Steve S. Ryan on Atrial Fibrillation: A-Fib Can be Cured!

Steve Ryan and host Skip E. Lowe talk about the heart in Atrial Fibrillation: how the quivering heart muscle leads to reduced blood flow to the brain and other organs, to re-shaping (remodeling) over time, and the importance of seeking treatment. Dr. Ryan describes how his A-Fib was cured by catheter ablation in 1998. 3:31 min.

About Steve S. Ryan, PhD: An advocate for patients with Atrial Fibrillation, Dr. Ryan is publisher of the patient education website ‘Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients’  (A-Fib.com), author of the award-winning book, ‘Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure’ (BeatYourA-Fib.com) and known as The A-Fib Coach for his one-to-one mentoring of A-Fib patients.

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Last updated: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

VIDEO: Atrial Fibrillation—A Conversation with Dr. Steve S. Ryan

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Video Interview: Steve S. Ryan, PhD, Author of Beat Your A-Fib

Host Skip E. Lowe interviews Steve S Ryan, PhD, about Atrial Fibrillation. Topics include A-Fib symptoms, causes, cures and Dr. Ryan’s book, Beat Your A-Fib – The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure. Skip E. relays his own experiences with A-Fib. Dr. Ryan warns about incorrect A-Fib information found on the internet and in print media.  Recorded in W. Hollywood, CA. 14:53 min.

About Steve S. Ryan, PhD: An advocate for patients with Atrial Fibrillation, Dr. Ryan is publisher of the patient education website ‘Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients’  (A-Fib.com), author of the award-winning book, ‘Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure’ (BeatYourA-Fib.com) and known as The A-Fib Coach for his one-to-one mentoring of A-Fib patients.

Return to Videos Featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD

Last updated: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

VIDEO: Steve Ryan With Dr David Snow on A-Fib and Mineral Deficiencies

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Doctor Health Radio Interview: Common Mineral Deficiencies in A-Fib Patients

Dr David Snow, host of Doctor Health Radio, talks with Steve S. Ryan, PhD, about magnesium and potassium deficiencies, both common among A-Fib patients; how ‘calcium overload’ can actually bring on Atrial Fibrillation; and other supplements to promote a healthy heart. (Format: radio interview with graphic slides.) 5:27 min.

About Steve S. Ryan, PhD: An advocate for patients with Atrial Fibrillation, Dr. Ryan is publisher of the patient education website ‘Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients’  (A-Fib.com), author of the award-winning book, ‘Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure’ (BeatYourA-Fib.com) and known as The A-Fib Coach for his one-to-one mentoring of A-Fib patients.

Return to Videos Featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD

Last updated: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

VIDEO: Steve Ryan Warns A-Fib Patients Beware

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Video: Buyer Beware of Misleading A-Fib Information on the Web and in the Media

Beware of misleading and incorrect A-Fib information published by reputable sources on the internet and in print media. Steve S. Ryan, PhD, gives three specific examples of why you need to be on the lookout for inaccurate statements about Atrial Fibrillation. 3:59 min.

About Steve S. Ryan, PhD: An advocate for patients with Atrial Fibrillation, Dr. Ryan is publisher of the patient education website ‘Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients’  (A-Fib.com), author of the award-winning book, ‘Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure’ (BeatYourA-Fib.com) and known as The A-Fib Coach for his one-to-one mentoring of A-Fib patients.

Return to Videos Featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD

Last updated: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

Videos Featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD, Publisher of A-Fib.com

Video Interviews Featuring Steve S. Ryan, PhD

Steve’s been on many radio and TV shows talking about Atrial Fibrillation. We’ve edited the best and most interesting segments to create several short (3-5 min.) videos. (We encourage you to SHARE Steve’s videos with others and to post links to your online accounts.)

Video: Buyer Beware of Misleading or Inaccurate A-Fib Information

Video with Steve S. Ryan, PhD

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Beware of misleading and incorrect A-Fib information published by reputable sources on the internet and in print media. Steve S. Ryan, PhD, gives three specific examples of why you need to be on the lookout for inaccurate statements about Atrial Fibrillation. 3:59 min. Click to Watch video.

 

Video: Steve S. Ryan on Atrial Fibrillation: A-Fib Can be Cured!

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Steve Ryan and host Skip E. Lowe talk about the heart in Atrial Fibrillation: how the quivering heart muscle leads to reduced blood flow to the brain and other organs, to re-shaping (remodeling) over time, and the importance of seeking treatment. Dr. Ryan describes how his A-Fib was cured by catheter ablation in 1998. 3:31 min. Click to Watch video.



Doctor Health Radio Interview:
Common Mineral Deficiencies in A-Fib Patients

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Dr David Snow, host of Doctor Health Radio, talks with Steve S. Ryan, PhD, about magnesium and potassium deficiencies, both common among A-Fib patients; how ‘calcium overload’ can actually bring on Atrial Fibrillation; and other supplements to promote a healthy heart. (Format: radio interview with graphic slides.) 5:27 min. Click to watch video.

 
Video Interview: Steve S. Ryan, PhD, Author of
Beat Your A-Fib

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Host Skip E. Lowe interviews Steve S Ryan, PhD, about Atrial Fibrillation. Topics include A-Fib symptoms, causes, cures and Dr. Ryan’s book, Beat Your A-Fib – The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure. Skip E. relays his own experiences with A-Fib. Dr. Ryan warns about incorrect A-Fib information found on the internet and in print media. 14:53 min. Click to Watch video.

 

Highlights Video: The A-Fib Digital Influencer Summit

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Steve Ryan was one of eight A-Fib bloggers and social media authors invited to attend a first-of-its-kind “AFib Digital Influencer Summit” to discuss Atrial Fibrillation from a patient’s perspective. Highlights of participants who reflect on the needs of A-Fib patients. Hosted by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Chicago, IL, November 2014. 4:13 min.
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For a list of TV and Radio Shows and Interviews with Steve S. Ryan, PhD, go to the Press Room for Dr. Ryan’s book, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure.

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