"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

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"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

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

 FAQs Coping with A-Fib: Iron Deficiency

FAQs A-Fib afib15. “Can too little iron in the blood (anemia) cause Atrial Fibrillation? What can I do about iron deficiency?”

A-Fib patient, Sally Mertens, wrote about iron deficiency and offers this advice:

“Based on my experience dealing with chronic A Fib, I would stress the importance of having ferritin [iron storage protein] level checked.

My doctor (gynecologist, not my cardiologist!) figured out that my chronic A-Fib might be related to my low ferritin level which was at 9. After only 6 weeks of taking Repliva (82 mg/day iron), my ferritin level was up to 29 and my A Fib had stopped. (Another over-the-counter iron supplement is Floradix.)

I haven’t had one A Fib attack since I started the Repliva. I have concurrently stopped donating blood (which I was doing as frequently as possible) and began eating beef—at least 8 ounces per week (after 3 years as a vegetarian).

Normal serum ferritin (SF) ranges differ by gender, ethnicity and age. The ideal serum ferritin range for adults is 50-150ng/mL

My GYN would like to see my ferritin level at about 50 and told me it would take about 6 months for me to get my blood “stores” back to normal.

I feel extremely lucky and grateful that when I moved to a new town, I got referred to a GYN who was well aware of the link between anemia in pregnancy and heart conditions.

(As a footnote, every time I donated blood, I passed the Red Cross hemoglobin test. My GYN understood how that was possible, but I didn’t understand the explanation well enough to share it with you here.)

I’m well past child-bearing age and thus, as a precaution, my GYN also sent me for a colonoscopy to rule out internal bleeding as a factor in my low ferritin.”

Thanks Sally for your insights.

In addition: Mike writes that taking a product like Geritol boosts his red blood cells and improves his heart valve problems and his A-Fib.

Lesson Learned: A-Fib patients should ask their doctor to verify they have a Normal serum ferritin (SF) level.

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