"This book is incredibly complete and easy-to-understand for anybody. I certainly recommend it for patients who want to know more about atrial fibrillation than what they will learn from doctors...."
Pierre Jaïs, M.D. Professor of Cardiology,
Haut-Lévêque Hospital, Bordeaux, France
"Dear Steve, I saw a patient this morning with your book [in hand] and highlights throughout. She loves it and finds it very useful to help her in dealing with atrial fibrillation."
Dr. Wilber Su Cavanaugh Heart Center, Phoenix, AZ
"Your book [Beat Your A-Fib] is the quintessential most important guide not only for the individual experiencing atrial fibrillation and his family, but also for primary physicians, and cardiologists."
Jane-Alexandra Krehbiel, nurse, blogger and author "Rational Preparedness: A Primer to Preparedness"
"Steve Ryan's summaries of the Boston A-Fib Symposium are terrific. Steve has the ability to synthesize and communicate accurately in clear and simple terms the essence of complex subjects. This is an exceptional skill and a great service to patients with atrial fibrillation."
Dr. Jeremy Ruskin of Mass. General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
"I love your [A-fib.com] website, Patti and Steve! An excellent resource for anybody seeking credible science on atrial fibrillation plus compelling real-life stories from others living with A-Fib. Congratulations…"
Carolyn Thomas, blogger and heart attack survivor; MyHeartSisters.org
"Steve, your website was so helpful. Thank you! After two ablations I am now A-fib free. You are a great help to a lot of people, keep up the good work."
Terry Traver, former A-Fib patient
"If you want to do some research on AF go to A-Fib.com by Steve Ryan, this site was a big help to me, and helped me be free of AF."
Roy Salmon Patient, A-Fib Free; pacemakerclub.com, Sept. 2013
FAQs Coping with A-Fib: An Action Plan
7. “My husband’s A-Fib is getting worse. When should I call paramedics (911 in the US) and/or take him to the hospital? I’m petrified with fear for him. Our doctors say don’t worry unless he shows signs of a heart attack or stroke.”
Keep in mind, as bad as it feels, an A-Fib attack usually isn’t life threatening. (A-Fib doesn’t cause or lead to a heart attack.)
Develop an Action Plan: for your own peace of mind, you and your husband need to work out an ‘A-Fib action plan’ with his doctors.
You and your husband should know:
• when to contact his doctor
• your doctor’s cell number or email address for emergencies
• when to go to the emergency room
• whether or not to call your doctor from the ER
• if your doctor will call and talk with the ER staff
• when your husband should “just ride out” the episode
• the signs of stroke, and what you should be watching for
You need specific steps and a specific plan of action. Having a plan is reassuring and helps you stay calm. When having an A-Fib attack, you and your husband will be confident you’re taking the right action.
If you feel your doctor isn’t working with you (to develop a specific action plan) and/or if your spouse is getting worse, it may be time to interview and change doctors.
Disclaimer: the authors of this Web site are not medical doctors and are not affiliated with any medical school or organization. The information on this site 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 contained in this service is intended to be for medical diagnosis or treatment.