"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
Realize there are others who have been through A-Fib. Find them, use them as part of your A-Fib support system.
Online support groups can be very helpful to patients and others interested in A-Fib. It’s helpful to know you are not alone. Many, many others are dealing with Atrial Fibrillation.
These groups are free, but usually require registration before you can post messages or even read the messages. All are good for posting messages and searching for responses. But each is unique. Membership numbers vary greatly.
Warning: Guard your privacy!If you join any of the online A-Fib Discussion Groups or Forums. you may want to not use your real name, address, etc.
Because insurance companies, employers, mortgage lenders, credit card companies, etc. may put your name into a search engine, i.e., ‘Google’. They may find you belong to an Atrial Fibrillation discussion site, forum, or that you have Atrial Fibrillation.
This information may be used against you or may influence their decision-making about you.
Online support groups can be very helpful to patients and others interested in A-Fib. These groups are free, but usually require registration before you can post messages or even read the messages.
If you join any of the online A-Fib Discussion Groups. you may want to not use your real name, address, etc.
Insurance companies, employers, mortgage lenders, credit card companies, etc. may ‘Google’ you and find you belong to an Atrial Fibrillation site or have A-Fib. This may influence their decision-making about you.
An alphabetical list of the journal articles, research papers, and other references cited on this website. Online links are provided and the Digital Object Identifier (DOI), when possible. (The DOI for a document is permanent and provides more stable linking than simply referring to it by its URL.)
Note: We only list online references if they are readily available. To access some research and journal articles online, the website may require you to register for a FREE account (i.e. Healthwire/Heart.org and Medscape.com).
Last updated: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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One-to-one support and online support groups can be very helpful to patients and others interested in A-Fib. First, it’s helpful to know you are not alone.
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We have personally picked these sites for you. We value the information they present. These online sites may be helpful when seeking additional information and research on A-Fib.
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?”
(In alphabetical order)
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.
A-Fib Facts on Pinterest: There’s lots of misinformation on the internet along with biased websites and out-of-date information. Links to the best sources for the truth about A-Fib and A-Fib treatments (#afib) http://www.pinterest.com/ssryan90265/a-fib-facts/
Atrial Fibrillation Association (AFA-UK): 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; http://centerwatch.com
Cleveland Clinic’s MyConsult Online Medical Second Opinion program: online fee-based consulting second opinion service (about $600.00); http://eclevelandclinic.org/myconsult (Not available in every US state and overseas.)
Clinical Trials: service provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); lists current federally funded and privately supported clinical trials; http://clinicaltrials.gov
Johns Hopkins Arrhythmia Service:“A Guide for Patients and their Families” (PDF). A 52-page guide focused on Arrhythmias (including A-Fib) descriptions of all diagnostic tests, drug therapy and catheter procedure; Includes out-of-area patient services and information. http://tinyurl.com/JohnsHopkinsArrhythmiaService
London Atrial Fibrillation Centre (UK): good explanations and graphics of A-Fib (where Prime Minister Tony Blair was treated); http://www.londonafcentre.co.uk
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/
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/
WebMD: health information; Atrial Fibrillation Health Center, Living With Afib Directory; help in finding A-Fib doctors; Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Atrial Fibrillation; http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/atrial-fibrillation/default.htm
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?”
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.