"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 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.)
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.
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 Usform if you have other suggestions.
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)”).
You may enjoy reading the following articles and book:
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.)
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: Thursday, March 23, 2017
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
NEW! Certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers: Find a state-of-the-art stroke care nearest to you at the Internet Stroke Center. Searchable database of U.S. acute-care hospitals certified as Comprehensive Stroke Centers (by the Joint Commission and American Stroke Association.) URL: http://www.strokecenter.org/trials/centers/
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/
NEW! 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
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.