"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


Instructional A-Fib Videos and Animations

Resources & Links

A-Fib.com Video Library

Instructional A-Fib Videos and Animations

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.

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.

INTRODUCTORY/BASIC LEVEL: For the newly diagnosed patient; Great for the family and friends of an A-Fib patient who want to better understand Atrial Fibrillation.
Carolyn Dean - The Best Way to Supplement Mg

Dr. Carolyn Dean

Videos about Magnesium Deficiency and Calcium Overload with Dr. Carolyn Dean

The Best Way to Supplement Magnesium” with Dr. Carolyn Dean, 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) Go to video. From iHealthTube.com.

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) Go to video. From iHealthTube.com. 

Understanding Arrhythmia

Understanding Arrhythmia

How Your Heart Works and Understanding Arrhythmias

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->

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Know Your Pulse

“Know Your Pulse” Awareness Campaign

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)

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Hearing it from Dr Brain

Hearing it from Dr Brain – Protecting Yourself Against AF Stroke

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].

 Treatment for stroke prevention in AF

Stroke prevention in AF

Stroke Prevention in A-Fib and Anticoagulant Therapy

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 do not required regular testing, aren’t affected by foods, and perform equal to or better than warfarin. [Note: These are much more expensive than warfarin.] Discuss your choice of anticoagulant with your doctor. (5:36)   On-camera interviews with AF Association CEO, Trudie Lobban MBE, Deputy CEO, Jo Jerrome, CEO of Anticoagulation Europe, Eve Knight and leading AF specialist, Professor John Camm. Developed in association with Boehringer Ingelheim [manufacturer of the newer anticoagulants].

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By Johns Hopkins Medical

Living with Warfarin: Patient Education

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: the importance of monitoring your warfarin level,  knowing your INR number, maintaining a steady diet, awareness of the warning signs of clot and drug interactions and understanding your bleeding risk and when to go to the ER. (16:22) Uploaded on Mar 7, 2011. Produced by Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Introduction to Your Heart's Electrical System

Heart’s Electrical System

Introduction to Your Heart’s Electrical System & How Clots Form 

Basic introduction to how the heart works. Identifies the parts of the heart and illustrates the role of each, and shows how clots form; (2:00 min.) Self-paced program; Detail animation of the heart processes. From the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. 

'Conduction System of the Heart'

‘Conduction System of the Heart’

‘The EKG Signal and the Conduction System of the Heart’

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.

St. Jude Medical - introducing several afib videos

St. Jude Medical

Atrial Flutter, Pacemaker, and Implantable Treatment Options

Selected short medical animations from St. Jude Medical:    
Fast Heartbeat Arrhythmias: Atrial Flutter (00:28)  
♦  Treatment Options
Pacemaker (for too slow of heart beat) (:49)   
♦  Treatment Options:
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, ICD (for too rapid of heart beat) (:57)  

InsiderMedicine.com-When Drug Therapy Fails-Catheter Ablation

When Drug Therapy Fails-Catheter Ablation

When Drug Therapy Fails: Why Patients Consider Catheter Ablation

“Atrial Fibrillation Patients Who Do Not Respond to Antiarrhythmic Drugs Should Be Treated with 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.

Introduction to the Hybrid Surgery/Ablation Procedure with Dr. Robert Joy, Interventional Cardiologist

Hybrid Surgery/Ablation procedure Dr Robert Joy Ellis, Medical

Dr Robert Joy

Dr. Robert Joy gives an overview of the hybrid procedure in which a cardiothoracic surgeon and an electrophysiologist work together in a single procedure; How it opens up a new opportunity for A-Fib patients who are not be good candidates for catheter-based procedures alone. (1:26)  Dr. Robert Joy is an an Interventional Cardiologist with Ellis Medicine; the video is on their website (and includes a brief promotion of their services.)

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL: For the more informed reader who wants to go beyond the basics of atrial fibrillation.
Steve wearing a Zio Patch

Steve wearing a Zio Patch

The “Band-aid” Cardiac Monitor

Instead of a bulky holter monitor, 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 cardiac monitor; the device can continuously monitor your heart rhythm for up to 14 days without the need for removal during exercise, sleeping or bathing. From a May 2012 TV news story. (1:52 min.) (FYI: Steve wore one of these last year after a colonoscopy caused an irregular heartbeat, which proved to be a one-time occurrence.)

Freddyp321 YouTube video of his cardioversion for atrial fibrillation

Freddyp321 Cardioversion for A-Fib

Freddyp321″ Shares a Video of His Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation

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)

Catheter Ablation by the Cleveland Clinic

Catheter Ablation: What it is and What to Expect

Catheter Ablation For A-Fib: What it is, How it’s Done and What Results Can Be Expected

Dr. Patrick Tchou and Dr. Bryan Baranowski, cardiologists from the Cleveland Clinic describe the catheter ablation procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AFIB), what it is, how it’s done and what results can be expected from this surgery. Excellent animations. Especially effective: showing A-Fib’s chaotic signals, and the pattern of ablation scars around the openings to the pulmonary veins. Produced by the Cleveland Clinic [skip the host promo in the first 25 seconds]. (4:00 min.) 

Video: Dr Robert Fishel and catheter ablation

Inside a Catheter Ablation

Inside the EP Lab During a Catheter Ablation Procedure with Dr. Robert S. 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!]

The Watchman for LAA Closure from Boston Scientific

The Watchman for LAA Closure

Closure of the Left Atrial Appendage Technique 1: The Watchman Device

The left atrial appendage (LAA) of the heart, 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 permanently implanted at the opening of the left atrial appendage (LAA) to trap blood clots before they exit the LAA. (1:04)

The LARIAT for Left Atrial Appendage Closure

The LARIAT LAA Closure Procedure

Closure of the Left Atrial Appendage Technique 2: The Lariot Procedure

For patients with atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), the left atrial appendage (a finger-shaped pocket) of the heart, is known to be a major source of blood clots that can lead to strokes. For some high-risk patients, the LARIAT procedure is used to tie off the left atrial appendage thereby eliminating this source of clots. Features Dr. Eric Pena of the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. (1:24 min. excerpt.) Published Apr 11, 2013 by Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Video still of Mini-Maze Surgery

Mini-Maze surgery

Inside the O.R. for a Mini-Maze Surgery with Dr. William Harris, Cardiovascular Surgeon 

For A-Fib patients who can not tolerate blood thinners and thus do not qualify for a Catheter Ablation procedure, the Mini-maze surgery is a highly effective way to treat AF, with an 85 to 95 percent chance to cure it. Dr William Harris, Cardiovascular Surgeon, describes the minimally invasive Lone Atrial Fibrillation Ablation often referred to as a mini-maze procedure.  Dr. William Harris, Cardiovascular Surgeon, is with Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. (4:49 min.)

Dr Robert Joy Ellis Medical on the Hybrid Surgery Ablation

Hybrid Surgery

In Detail: the Hybrid Surgery/Ablation Procedure with Dr. Robert Joy, Interventional Cardiologist

An extended discussion of the Hybrid Surgery/Ablation approach by Dr. Robert Joy, Interventional Electrophysiologist, Ellis Medicine: the cardiac surgeon’s role, tools and goals; the EP’s role, tools and goals; advantages, safety and effectiveness of the Hybrid approach, and who is a good candidate. (the first 6:27)

IN-DEPTH/ADVANCED:For the reader wanting a more indepth 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.)
LearnTheHeart logoAdvanced Course in Reading Your ECG

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’.

The Right Atrium in AFib

The Left Atrial in A-Fib

Endoscopic View: The Left Atrium in A-Fib

Endoscopic video of a beating heart; shows the Left Atrium during Atrial Fibrillation. Looped footage with voice-over narration. (:32) Posted by BillSchnee.

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LAA Amputation

Endoscopic View: The Amputation of Left Atrial Appendage

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.

Ejection Fraction with Dr Robert Fishel

Dr Robert Fishel

Your Heart’s Ejection Fraction (EF): What You Need to Know

In several short video clips, Dr. Robert Fishel, discusses the ejection fraction (EF) a measurement of the pumping efficiency of the heart and why cardiac patients should know their EF.

♦  What is an Ejection Fraction? (:34)
♦  What is considered abnormal or low EF levels? (:44)
♦  Who should know their EF? (:54)

Dr. Fishel is Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at JFK Medical Center; Uploaded on Jun 22, 2011.

Blaufuss AF animation and ECG graphic

Blaufuss MultiMedis

Advanced Animation of the Heart’s Electrical System in A-Fib, A-Flutter and Other Modes with ECG Strip Advanced self-study instructional module. Detailed animation of the heart’s electrical system showing not only in its normal mode, but also in both A-Fib and Flutter modes as well. This excellent animation identifies the various heart components, shows sequence of functions in sync with ECG patterns, etc. Both A-Fib and Flutter are examined along with several other heart conditions. [Thanks to Tom Burt for this find.] This is a teaching module by Blaufuss Multimedia: http://www.blaufuss.org/tutonline.html.

To learn about the ECG pattern, see my article “Understanding the EKG (ECG) Signal“.
Cardioversion by Alfred Sacchetti

Cardioversion by ER Staff

A Demonstration of a Cardioversion by ER Staff

Emergency room medical personnel demonstrates the equipment, pads placement and procedures of Cardioversion for the patient with Atrial Fibrillation. Close-up of the equipment display. Uploaded on Jan 5, 2012 (2:10) by Alfred Sacchetti.

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Inside the EP Lab

Step-by-Step Inside the EP Lab with Dr. James Ong: Using Mapping & CT Scan Technologies During a Pulmonary Vein Isolation

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.

Included are: Mapping technology; the Virtual Geometrical shell of the heart displayed next to the CT scan; Placement of the catheter, real time tracking; the Complex Fractionated Electrogram (CFE) Map used to identify and eliminate the extra drivers (aside from the pulmonary veins). (6:01)
From a series of videos by Dr. Ong, Heart Rhythm Specialists of Southern California. 

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3D Mapping with ECG

A Live Case of Catheter Ablation Through 3D Mapping & ECG Images for Long-Standing Persistent A-Fib
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 AF in the posterior wall and left atrial appendage. (8:03) [I had to turn down the audio volume as the classical music track was distracting.] Produced by Dr. James Ong, Heart Rhythm Specialist of Southern California. 

NOTE: Before viewing this video, you should already have some basic understanding of cardiac anatomy and A-Fib physiology.
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