"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

A-Fib Prayer Group

New Personal Story: A-Fib, Prayer and Healing

We corresponded recently with Jon who’s been A-Fib free since 2011. He agreed to share his story with our A-Fib.com readers:

I struggled with A-Fib for almost eight months in the year of 2011.  It began in January, and I had episodes of it throughout the year. My episodes weren’t too bad—as in I never had any side effects of the A-Fib like fainting or clotting.

My A-Fib Story at A-Fib.com

Jon’s story of healing

The only real thing I had during the episodes was an irregular heartbeat and a fast heart rate. Being as young as I am and having a family of my own, it was a lot to have on my shoulders.

I wanted the A-Fib gone, and the medication I was taking did not make it go away.

The Power of Prayer

I knew of another way that the A-Fib could go away—by God supernaturally healing me.  Well, in August of 2011 I asked the pastors of my church to pray for me that God would heal me.  After the Sunday service...”.Continue reading Jon’s story…

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A few of the many readers who participate on A-Fib.com

There are many ways you can participate at A-Fib.com. You can join our support volunteers who offer others hope and encouragement. You can share your A-Fib story to inspire others. Or, write an article about a topic you’re passionate about. (We welcome other ideas too.)

Which is right for you? which will you choose?

Share Your A-Fib Personal Experience

A-Fib Personal Story on A-Fib.comOur Personal Experiences stories are one of the most visited areas of A-Fib.com. Patients often seek hope and encouragement. They look to others with similar symptoms, or who are in the same age group, or have experience with the treatments options they are considering. Visit our Personal Experiences page. Then, read how to write and submit your personal experience A-Fib story.

Join our Support Volunteers

When you have A-Fib, it helps to talk with someone who has (or had) A-Fib. That’s the role of our Support Volunteers. On a one-on-one basis, these individuals offer support and hope by exchanging emails, listening and sharing their stories. Would you like to help others struggling with A-Fib?

See our list of support volunteers. We are blessed to have many generous people who have volunteered to help others get through their A-Fib ordeal. They are not paid. They come from widely different backgrounds and live around the world. They have received help along the way and want to return the favor. (Note: not all Support Volunteers are ‘cured’ of their A-Fib, but have found the best outcome for themselves.) Read more about becoming an A-Fib Support Volunteer.

Our Prayer/Positive Thoughts Group

At A-Fib.com, we believe in healing through prayer, and in the power of positive thoughts. For those who have a treatment decision to make, have an upcoming procedure or surgery, or are seeking guidance from a higher power— support from this group is just an email away.

You can join this effort by contacting our coordinator, Barbara, at email: babareeba(at)aol.com. Read more about our group…

Seeking Guest Writers

Like to read and write about what you’ve learned? Read an interesting research study and want to share with our readers? Or have a passion for a specific A-Fib-related topic or issue you’d like to report about? (As an example, see a report written by Lynn Haye.)

Got questions? Topic ideas? Email Steve using our Contact Us form.

Have you thought of another way to Participate?

We welcome your thoughts and ideas. Use our Contact Us form if you have other suggestions.

Amazon.com review of Beat Your A-Fib book at A-Fib.com

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The Healing Power of Hope, Belief and Expectations

Do you have an important decision to make about your treatment? Or an upcoming procedure or surgery? Do you need prayer? Positive thoughts? Are you seeking guidance from a higher power? 

At A-Fib.com we believe—in healing through hope, belief, prayer—and in the power of positive thoughts. To support you in seeking your cure (or best outcome) we offer the assistance of our dedicated A-Fib Positive Thought/Prayer Group. This support group is just an email away. 

How to Send Your Request

Send your request to our coordinator, Barbara. Write to barbara: babareeba(at)aol.com (substitute an “@” for the “(at)”).

Additional Readings

You may enjoy reading the following articles and book: 

Can Positive Thoughts Help Heal Another Person? Barbara Bradley Hagerty. All Things Considered/NPR. May 21, 2009.

How the Power of Positive Thinking Won Scientific Credibility. The Atlantic Monthly. April 23, 2012.

Redefining Women’s Health: for Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit. Lisa Rankin, M.D. Psychology Today. December 27, 2011.

You may also enjoy the book The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness by Jerome E. Groopman.  Written by an oncologist and citing actual patient cases (mostly cancer), Dr. Groopman explores the role of hope in fighting disease and healing. Top scientists are interviewed who study the biological link between emotion and biological responses; the most relevant studies are reviewed.

The author shows how hope, belief and expectations can alter the course of our lives, and even of our physical body. HOPE works! (Read my review on Amazon.com.)

Listen to an audio interview with The Anatomy of Hope author, Dr. Groopman on NPR’s Fresh Air program (recorded Sept. 2004; 20 min.)

Want to volunteer and support others? Volunteer for our dedicated A-Fib Positive Thought/Prayer Group! Contact Barbara at babareeba(at)aol.com.

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Recommended Online Links and Resources

Recommended Online Links and Resources

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 Atrial Fibrillation. 

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 ♥ Last updated: Sunday, March 19, 2017

A-FibFacts.InfoA-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.

Pinterest logo with A-fib Facts A-Fib Facts on Pinterest: Links to the best sources for the factual information about A-Fib and A-Fib treatments (#afib) http://www.pinterest.com/ssryan90265/a-fib-facts/

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.htmlAmerican Heart Association

American Heart Association: heart disease/arrhythmia information; http://tinyurl.com/AHA-Arryhthmias

AFA - UK; Atrial Fibrillation AssociationAtrial 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.

http://centerwatch.com 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 ClinicCleveland Clinic/Atrial Fibrillation Center: a leader in the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation; Offers ‘Second Opinion MyConsult’ service (fee: $565.00; not covered by insurance or Medicare; not available in all US states).

Cleveland Clinic Treatment Guide: Atrial Fibrillation‘, 12-page PDF;; Illustration of the Heart’s Electrical System with labels, print PDF; URL: http://tinyurl.com/AFIBClevelandClinicA-Fib;

Clinical Trials.govClinical Trials: service provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); lists current federally funded and privately supported clinical trials; http://clinicaltrials.gov 

Dr Lam Dr. Lam 11 Strategies to Prevent Lone Atrial Fibrillation; Incorporating the best of the East and West may offer a sensible solution to a complicated issue.  http://www.drlam.com/articles/lone_atrial_fib.asp?page=4

DrugWatch.com: Informing patients about dangerous drugs and medical devices. Sponsored by the Paterson Law Firm. http://drugwatch.com/

Healthfinder: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all HealthFinder.govAmericans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. Atrial Fibrillation search results-> http://www.healthfinder.gov/search/?q=atrial+fibrillation

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Heart Rhythm Society Heart Rhythm Society: professional organization for cardiologists; Patient Resources; Read about: Atrial Fibrillation, About Atrial Flutter; Database for help to Find A-Fib Specialsithttp://tinyurl.com/HRS-Patient-Resources

Heart Rhythm Specialist - UK - logoHeart Rhythm Specialists (UK): up-to-date A-Fib info by Dr. Dhiraj Gupta; Read: ‘Drugs or AF Ablation?’, and ‘Ablation therapy for Atrial Fibrillation‘; URL: http://www.heartrhythmspecialist.co.uk

Johns Hopkins Medicine Johns Hopkins: Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Service: Read about: ‘Atrial Fibrillation‘; the ‘Maze Surgery‘; ‘LAA Occlusion program‘; ‘Comprehensive Arrhythmias Guide for Patients and their Families’ (PDF). A 52-page guide focused on Arrhythmias (including A-Fib) URL: http://tinyurl.com/JohnsHopkins-A-Fib

London AF CentreLondon Atrial Fibrillation Centre (UK): good explanations and graphics of A-Fib (where Prime Minister Tony Blair was treated); http://www.londonafcentre.co.uk 

MedHelpMedHelp/Heart Rhythm Forum: Arrythmia forum; patient questions and support regarding heart issues; URL: http://tinyurl.com/http-www-medhelp-org-A-Fib

MedIDs_com MedIDs medical ID wallet form: Print a blank medical ID wallet card provided FREE by MedIDs.com. Just click to open and print the form. Add your medical emergency information, then trim, fold and add to your wallet; http://medids.com/Pocket_Med_ID_Card.pdf

Medifocus logoMedifocus Guides: ‘Medifocus Guide on Atrial Fibrillation: a Comprehensive Patient Guide to Symptoms, Treatment, Research, and Support. January 22, 2017, (updated annually) 168 pages with free Preview; Subscribe to free Medifocus Digest Alert on Atrial Fibrillation. http://www.medifocus.com/2009/digest.php?gi’ Atd=OC016&a=a

MedlinePlusMedlinePlus logo: 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/

Medscape: Cardiology, Arrhythmia/EP; excellent articles, current research, and expert medical opinions on A-Fib; http://www.medscape.com/resource/atrialfibrillation 

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MySleepApnea.org logoMySleepApnea: About 43% of patients with A-Fib have sleep apnea; Most don’t know it. Good information and videos (see the Shaq O’Neal  video). https://www.myapnea.org/learn

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:The NCCAM is the US http://nccam.nih.gov/about/ataglancegovernment’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine; see pages: “Using Dietary Supplements Wisely” and  “How To Find A Complementary Health Practitioner“.

Nation Heart, Lung, and Blood InstituteNational Library of Medicine (NLM)/National Institutes of Health (NIH): PubMed, MEDLINE & MedlinePlus databases of U.S. government agencies and health-related organizations; http://www.nlm.nih.gov and http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/arrhythmia.html

NY Presbyterian Hospital Columbia U Medical Center

New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University: Arrhythmia/Atrial Fibrillation; Read about Maze and minimally invasive surgeries for A-Fib. http://columbiasurgery.org/conditions-and-treatments/arrhythmiaatrial-fibrillation.

Polar logoPolar 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/

St Jude Medical

St. Jude Medical: information about A-Fib including diagnosis and treatment. Video Series Understanding Arrhythmias:Receiving a Heart Ablation Procedure‘ (2:20); Preparing for Pacemaker and ICD Placement (2:20); Implanting a CRT-P or CRT-D: See what to expect (1:24); Preparing for Cox-Maze Procedure and Surgical Ablation (03:14); Premature Ventricular Contractions (00:32).

CHU Hopitaux de Bordeaux logoUniversity 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

U of VAUniversity of Virginia/Heart & Vascular Center: general info on A-Fib; diagnosis and treatment of Atrial Fibrillation; Watch video to find out more. http://uvahealth.com/services/heart/atrial-fibrillation/patient-resources

UptoDate logoUp-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

WebMD WebMD: health information: Atrial Fibrillation Health Center; T/F QUIZ: ‘Do You Know Your Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Facts?’ Articles: Atrial Fibrillation Medical Reference; URL: http://tinyurl.com/WebMD-AFib

Caution - when searching A-Fib websites always ask: who is paying for this site and what is their agenda?

A word to the wise…

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