"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
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.
“Importance of Balancing Calcium & Magnesium“. Dr. Dean discusses the problem of ‘calcium overload’. You need a balance of calcium and magnesium in your body. Why it’s been so easy in recent years to get too much calcium and throw that balance off. (1:00) From iHealthTube.com. Go to video->
Animation of the normal heart with narration. Illustrations the four steps of every heart beat; the heart with arrhythmias. During arrhythmias, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the body and lack of blood flow can damage the brain, heart, and other organs. Posted by Apollo Hospitals Dhaka. (1:33) Go to video->
A short video on why and how to take your pulse. From the Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A) and The Heart Rhythm Charity in the UK. (Our British friend Trudie Lobban is Founder and Trustee.) (1:56 min) Go to video->
A light-hearted more “entertaining” approach (perhaps for younger family members?). Two animated characters, Dr. Brain and the Heart talk about important things to need to know to protect yourself against AF stroke (with medication, of course). ( 4:53 min.) Produced by Boehringer Ingelheim [manufacturer of the newer anticoagulants]. Go to video->
Through interviews and animations explains how atrial fibrillation can cause stroke and why anticoagulation is so important; Discussion of: warfarin (generic name), the required [monthly] monitoring, interactions with food, alcohol and other drugs: newer anticoagulants NOACs. (5:36). Go to video->
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) Posted Mar 7, 2011. Produced by Johns Hopkins Medicine. Go to video->
Basic introduction to how the heart works. Identifies the parts of the heart and illustrates the role of each, and shows how clots form; Detail animation of the heart processes. (2:00 min.) From the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Go to video->
Excellent, fully labeled graphic of the ‘Conduction System of the Heart’; Animation of beating heart and the corresponding EKG signal for normal heart beat and heart in A-Fib. From the American Heart Association website. Go to video->
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 catheter ablation. Includes transcript of the narration. (3:00 min.) From Insidermedicine.com. Go to video->
Dr. Robert Joy gives a short overview of the hybrid procedurein which a cardiothoracic surgeon and an electrophysiologist work together in a single procedure; How it opens up a new opportunity for A-Fib patients with difficult cases of Atrial Fibrillation (1:26) Dr. Robert Joy is an an Interventional Cardiologist with Ellis Medicine. Go to video->
Intermediate Level:For the more informed reader who wants to go beyond the basics of atrial fibrillation.
A medical description of the mechanism and effects of Atrial Fibrillation (i.e., initiating triggers, abnormal substrate, electrical and structural remodeling, blood stasis and hypercoagulable state, etc.). Animation with narration.
3:24 min. Uploaded by OverdrivePacing, Feb 8, 2012 Go to video->
The Zio® Patch cardiac monitor (iRhythm) looks similar to a 2-by-5-inch adhesive bandage and sticks to a patient’s chest. Electrophysiologist Steven Higgins, MD of Scripps Health talks about this single-use ambulatory, continuously cardiac monitor for up to 14 days. No need to removal during exercise, sleeping or bathing. May 2012 TV news story. (1:52 min.) Go to video->
(FYI: Steve wore one of these last year after a colonoscopy caused an irregular heartbeat, which proved to be a one-time occurrence.)
Note: Electrical cardioversion isn’t the same as the emergency heart shocking procedure often seen on TV programs. It’s planned in advance and done under carefully controlled conditions.
About this video, Freddyp321 wrote: “After having cardioversion 7 times, I asked a nurse to video the procedure. I never remembered any pain or yelling out. Seeing this video really upset me and I decided to have a cardio ablation…. I haven’t had an episode of afib since…. I posted this video because I thought it might help people who are concerned about Atrial Fibrillation.” (1:20) Go to video->
Cardiologists from the Cleveland Clinic describe the catheter ablation procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), what it is, how it’s done and what results can be expected. Excellent animations. (4:00 min.) Go to video->
Dr. Robert S. Fishel in the EP lab, describes and demonstrates mapping technology and use of the catheter during an in-progress ablation. Dr. Fishel is Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach. (2:50 min.) Go to video->
The heart’s left atrial appendage (LAA) is known to be a major source of blood clots that can lead to strokes. For some high-risk A-Fib patients, the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure device is implanted at the opening of the left atrial appendage (LAA) to trap blood clots before they exit the LAA. (1:04) Go to video->
For some high-risk patients, the LARIAT procedure is used to tie off the left atrial appendage thereby eliminating this source of clots. The heart’s left atrial appendage, is known to be a major source of blood clots that can lead to strokes. Features Dr. Eric Pena of the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. (1:24 min. excerpt.) Published Apr 11, 2013. Go to video->
Cardiothoracic surgeon Dipin Gupta, MD, discusses this minimally invasive surgical treatment for persistent atrial fibrillation. The Mini-Maze is done without open-heart surgery and using a small incision on the side of the chest. Dr. Gupta is with MedStar Heart Institute & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. Published March 31, 2015, by MedStar and Cleveland Clinic (4:35) Go to video->
In-Depth/Advanced Level:For the reader wanting a more in-depth look inside the EP lab and surgery, and at advanced topics relating to atrial fibrillation. (May requires basic understanding of cardiac anatomy and A-Fib physiology.)
From LearnTheHeart.com – a FREE online cardiology resource for those seeking to increase their knowledge of ECG interpretation and cardiovascular diseases. Start with the ‘Atrial Fibrillation ECG Review‘. Go to website->
Endoscopic video of a beating heart; shows placement of the Left Atrial Appendage into the jaws of the stapling device before amputation and removal (using a EZ45 linear stapler). With voice-over narration, (1:34) Posted by BillSchnee. Go to video->
Emergency room medical personnel demonstrates the equipment, pads placement and procedures of cardioversion for a patient with Atrial Fibrillation. Close-up of the equipment display. Uploaded on Jan 5, 2012 (2:10) by Alfred Sacchetti. Go to video->
Cardiovascular Surgeon, Dr. William Harris describes the Mini-Maze. See surgery in progress. For A-Fib patients who can not tolerate blood thinners and thus do not qualify for a Catheter Ablation, the Mini-maze surgery is a highly effective way with an 85 to 95 percent success rate. Dr. Harris is with Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. (4:49 min.) Go to video->
Cardiac Electrophysiologist Dr. James Ong begins with a brief tour of the EP lab and control room; Dr. Ong explains how pulmonary vein isolation is done with radiofrequency ablation to cure atrial fibrillation. Including Mapping and CT scan technology; Complex Fractionated Electrogram (CFE); and eliminating non-PV drivers. (6:01) By Dr. James Ong, Heart Rhythm Specialists of S. Calif. Go to video->
Presented enitrely through 3D mapping and ECG images, a live demo of ablation for long-standing, persistent A-Fib is followed from start to finish. Titles identify each step (no narration).
3D mapping and ECG images show the technique of transseptal access, 3D mapping, PV isolation, and ablating additional drivers of A. (8:03) With Dr. James Ong, Heart Rhythm Specialist of Southern California. Go to video->
NOTE: Before viewing this video, you should already have some basic understanding of cardiac anatomy and A-Fib physiology.
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A Word of Caution: Some web sites for A-Fib patients may be biased toward a particular technique or approach, often for financial gain. When searching online always ask yourself, “Who is paying for this website, and what is their agenda?”
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A-FibFacts.Info: Resource of unbiased Atrial Fibrillation facts and statistics backed up with full research citations and sources. Useful for journalists, reporters, bloggers and educators. Sponsored by Steve S. Ryan and A-Fib.com; http://www.A-FibFacts.Info.
The AFIB Report, editor, Shannon Dickson. AFib research and information, main focus is on lone atrial fibrillation (AF with no underlying heart disease). Patient forum: A-Fibbers.org. Founded by Dick Inglis. http://www.afibbers.org/homepage.html
Atrial Fibrillation Association (AFA-UK and US): is a non-profit organization which provides information, support and access to established, new or innovative treatments for atrial fibrillation; patient advocacy and information sharing; UK branch and United States branch.
Center Watch: an information source for patients interested in participating in current clinical trial; CenterWatch is a trusted source and global destination for both professionals and patients. http://centerwatch.com
Cleveland Clinic/Atrial Fibrillation Center: a leader in the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation; Offers ‘Second OpinionMyConsult’ service (fee: $565.00; not covered by insurance or Medicare; not available in all US states).
MedlinePlus:designed by U.S. NLM/NIH for consumers, containing hundreds of topic pages including videos, health check tools, drug, herb and supplement info, links to Fact Sheets from other NIH Institutes, the CDC, etc., and more; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
Polar Heart Rate Monitors: Consumer (DIY) products to help you monitor your heart rate while exercising and/or while in A-Fib; Since 1977, Polar has been at the cutting edge of advanced sports technology. http://www.polar.fi/polar/channels/eng/index.html
PubMed & MEDLINE Database: over 24 million citations for biomedical literature, life science journals, and online books. Free resource of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)/National Institutes of Health (NIH); http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
University Hospital of Bordeaux, France, Cardiology and Electrophysiology Services: (Cardiologic Hospital of Haut-Lévêque): World leader in treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (referred to as “the Bordeaux Group”). Headed by Prof. Michel Häissaguerre (researcher, professor and inventor of PVI for A-Fib). Electrophysiology and Ablation Unit head: Prof. Pierre Jais; URL: http://tinyurl.com/The-Bordeaux-Group
Up-to-Date: review of over 350 journals for new research findings on A-Fib; very comprehensive and current; Beyond the basics, for patients, requires a subscription either weekly or monthly. URL: http://www.uptodate.com/home
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