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Dr. Douglas L. Packer, MD, FHRS, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

"Jill and I put you and your work in our prayers every night. What you do to help people through this [A-Fib] process is really incredible."

Jill and Steve Douglas, East Troy, WI 

“I really appreciate all the information on your website as it allows me to be a better informed patient and to know what questions to ask my EP. 

Faye Spencer, Boise, ID, April 2017

“I think your site has helped a lot of patients.”

Dr. Hugh G. Calkins, MD  Johns Hopkins,
Baltimore, MD


Doctors & patients are saying about 'Beat Your A-Fib'...


"If I had [your book] 10 years ago, it would have saved me 8 years of hell.”

Roy Salmon, Patient, A-Fib Free,
Adelaide, Australia

"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

"...masterful. You managed to combine an encyclopedic compilation of information with the simplicity of presentation that enhances the delivery of the information to the reader. This is not an easy thing to do, but you have been very, very successful at it."

Ira David Levin, heart patient, 
Rome, Italy

"Within the pages of Beat Your A-Fib, Dr. Steve Ryan, PhD, provides a comprehensive guide for persons seeking to find a cure for their Atrial Fibrillation."

Walter Kerwin, MD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA


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Atrial Fibrillation Patients: Team with Your Doctor—Be Your Own Patient Advocate

Advice from Patients Free of the Burden of Atrial Fibrillation

Charn Deol, Richmond, BC, Canada. Now A-Fib free after 23-years with Atrial Fibrillation, reflects on the doctor-patient relationship:

Personal A-Fib story by Charn Deol, BC, Canada at A-Fib.com

Charn Deol, BC, Canada

“As a patient, the relationship is somewhat like that of a child with a parent. The patient is naïve, scared, distraught and looking for a path of reassurance from the medical profession.This was not the case in this situation.

“My gut said to ‘no longer trust’ this supposed best electrophysiologist at the hospital”.

This is when “gut instincts” come into play. My gut said to ‘no longer trust’ this supposed best electrophysiologist at the hospital and search for an alternative path. (This is another cardiologist I dropped.)…

From this experience I’ve learned to obtain as much knowledge as possible of your condition. Trust your gut feelings if you feel uncomfortable with your doctor.”

Tony Hall, Evansville, IN. Now A-Fib-free: he shares about learning he had A-Fib along with his wife’s best advice:

Tony & Jill

I sat there for probably 40 minutes waiting for my A-Fib to convert back to normal sinus rhythm, but it would not. The EP agreed to release me with prescriptions for Xarelto and Metoprolol, and a non-driving restriction.

As we drive away and I sit in the passenger seat feeling like a pet heading to a kennel. Suddenly things are different. I no longer have that “healthy as a horse” attitude. …

As we drive away and I sit in the passenger seat feeling like a pet heading to a kennel.”

Learning About A-Fib. Anyway, I took the meds for a few days and read as much as I could on the internet about this condition I have now called Atrial Fibrillation.

My wife spent at least as much time as I doing her own research. We are soon better informed but in many scattered directions. 

My Wife Knew! While she was very concerned and extremely supportive, she knew that until I became my own advocate, that I would not pursue the most effective path to addressing and dealing with this condition. She was right there.

I started doing more research through the help of Steve’s book, and found comfort in the education about the variety of heart rhythm conditions, treatment options, testimonials, personal stories, etc… .”

Michele Straube, Salt Lake City, Utah, cured after 30 years in A-Fib, encourages you to be more active in your own treatment plan:

Michele S.

“Do not take ‘this is as good as it gets’ as an answer.”

“My experience with cardiologists was hit and miss. Early on I was told that they had never seen someone so young with A-Fib (at the time, I was in my mid-20’s). 

Some told me the best they could do was medicate me so I could walk from the bed to the window and back. I changed doctors.

Best advice: Do not take ‘this is as good as it gets’ as an answer—do your own research about what’s possible. Take a co-leadership role with your doctor.”

For More Personal Insights

It’s encouraging to read how someone else has dealt with their A-Fib. These A-Fib patients have been where you are right now. They tell their stories to help bolster your determination to seek a life free of A-Fib.

For more personal experiences, go to Personal A-Fib Stories of Hope and Encouragement.

Team with Your Doctor—Be Your Own Patient Advocate

For a Life Free of A-Fib—Make Things Happen

Advice from Patients Now Free from the Burden of Atrial Fibrillation

Frances K.

Frances E. Koepnick, Athens, GA, shares bad advice from two doctors:

“The advice of the first two cardiologists was to ‘just take my medications and live with A-Fib’. If your cardiologist recommends this treatment regimen, I urge you to get a second, third or even fourth opinion.”

John & Marcia T.

John Thorton from Sioux Falls, SD, wrote about ignoring the bad advice from his doctors:

Be Assertive, Even Aggressive: I had to set up my own appointment at Mayo [Clinic] to get evaluated there. It was a lot of work, by me alone, to get in to see the doctors at Mayo, but it was worth it.”

Tony Hall, Evansville, IN. Now A-Fib-free, he advises to learn as much as you can about A-Fib:

Tony & Jill

“Jill and I read as much as we could on the internet…[but] do not get obsessed with the internet. There is much misinformation on the internet, so do not get too caught up in that information.

Ask Questions: None are stupid. This is YOUR heart. This is YOUR life. Learn as much as you can.”

Joan Schneider, Ann Arbor, MI, tells of her astonishment at how little her doctors told her about A-Fib:

Joan S.

“I was so desperate for answers I started searching on-line. My jaw hit the table. [She said to herself…] ‘How could my physicians not explain these things to me?’ Once I was able to really comprehend my future, I was able to make things happen.

Best advice: Don’t be afraid to fire your physician, and be your own advocate.”

Over 90 stories of inspiration at A-Fib.com

For More Personal Insights

It’s encouraging to read how someone else has dealt with their A-Fib. These A-Fib patients have been where you are right now. They tell their stories to help bolster your determination to seek a life free of A-Fib. For more personal experiences, go to Personal A-Fib Stories of Hope and Encouragement.

For a Life Free of Atrial Fibrillation

Make Things Happen

Become Your Own Best Patient Advocate!

Book Review: The Empowered Patient: How to Get the Best Medical Care Every Time

the-empowered-patient-cover-400-x-600-pix-at-300-resThe Empowered Patient: How to Get the Right Diagnosis, Buy the Cheapest Drugs, Beat Your Insurance Company, and Get the Best Medical Care Every Time

by Elizabeth Cohen

Review by Steve S. Ryan, PhD

For many, today’s healthcare system is overwhelming and confusing. Gone are the days of the paternal family doctor who managed your overall medical care. Today, you must step up and take responsibility for managing your own health care.

This Review: Important Material all Patients Should Consider

‘The Empowered Patient’, written by a CNN Senior medical Correspondent, is a short, easily read book. Chapters are organized in categories with common problems and practical solutions.

This review discusses important material for all patients to consider. If you read the softcover book, I recommend having a highlight marker and some post-it tabs handy for marking particular passages of personal interest for follow-up and future reference.

Trust No One Completely

When it comes to medicine, trust no one completely. Each year, 99,000 patients die from infections they acquire in hospitals, and another 98,000 die from medical mistakes in hospitals. … Continue reading this report…->

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