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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."

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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

"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

A-Fib Patient Story #19

Mowing the Lawn Three Days After an Ablation

Reese Smith, June 2007

Reese Smith had a PVA(I) at the Un. of Virginia A-Fib center June 12, 2007. Three days later he is in normal sinus rhythm and mowing his lawn with a push mower. He never took meds to prevent A-Fib, because he believed they were not a long term solution. He will share his story with anyone who wants to call him.

 Update: August 6, 2007

(Via email) Reese feels great and is in Normal Sinus Rhythm (NSR)since his ablation. He took amiodarone for 30 days post ablation, and Coumadin for 90 days post ablation. He recommends the Un. of Virginia A-Fib Center. He made some comments which are very relevant to new patients with A-Fib.

“It seems lots of people are in denial about their A-Fib condition and seek all kinds of info about the condition as well as all kinds of remedies. My experience indicates you can get information overload, AND that alternative medicine does not work. For me ablation is the best long term solution.

I’ve posted my rather direct statements on another A-Fib web site and have been criticized by those who choose to be very academic and verbose. These people are not bottom line thinkers, and I think give false hope to those early a-fibbers seeking answers, not BS.”

Reese Smith
(540) 943-4329.
sreesesmith (at) hotmail.com

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