"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

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Our book, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, is a Winner in the USA Best Books Awards in the “Health: Medical Reference” category. (That makes eight awards!) Do you have your copy of Beat Your A-Fib? Buy the softcover book at Amazon.com, or the eBook from our book site, www.BeatYourA-fib.com.


Steve’s Shopping Guides to Recommended A-Fib-Related Products

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Steve’s Shopping Guides to Recommended A-Fib-Related Products

Steve offers these shopping guides to help you sort through the enormous array of products of interest to A-Fib patients and their families. While the following brands and products are available from Amazon.com, they are also available from iHerb.com and other retailers. Prices will vary.

A-Fib Survival Kit for the Newly Diagnosed

Our list: Your first experiences with Atrial Fibrillation have changed your life in a number of ways. This ‘Survival Kit’ helps get you started when first diagnosed. As a former A-Fib patient (cured since 1998) Steve highly recommends these five items plus a bonus (our favorite medical dictionary).

Go to My ‘A-Fib Survival Kit for the Newly Diagnosed>

A-Fib Reference Books and Guides

Our list: For patients and their families, these are our recommended A-Fib reference books as well as books on patient empowerment, unmasking health statistics, magnesium, and other minerals and supplements, marketing schemes of the pharmaceutical industry and a medical dictionary. See also, our infographicMy Best A-Fib Reference Books for Patients and Their Families.

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Magnesium & Potassium Supplements for A-Fib Patients

Magnesiu Elements SymbolOur list: Most A-Fib and A-Flutter patients are deficient in Magnesium (Mg) and Potassium (K) which can force the heart into fatal arrhythmias. To learn more, see our page on Mineral Deficiencies.

When choosing to supplement your intake of magnesium and potassium, the plethora of products and brands can be overwhelming. These are the products and brands Steve uses and recommends (plus a great book).

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Seven ‘Natural’ Supplements for a Healthy Heart

Our list: Steve recommends seven mineral supplements to promote and maintain a healthy heart. (See our article, ‘Natural’ Supplements for a Healthy Heart.)  When shopping for these supplements, wading through the sea of products and brands can be a daunting task.

To get you started Steve has listed a couple choices for each of the following: BCAA+G, Taurine, Unbiquinol CoQH, GPLC, Omega-3 Fish Oils, Ribose and Hawthorne Berry.

Go to My ‘7 Supplements for a Healthy Heart’ Shopping Guide>

DIY Heart Rate Monitors (HRMs)

My list: Do you want to monitor your heart rate when exercising or when performing physically demanding activities (i.e. mowing the lawn, loading equipment, etc.). Consider a consumer ‘DIY” monitor. To learn more see my article: Guide to DIY Heart Rate Monitors (HRMs) & Handheld ECG Monitors.

Steve has sorted through the plethora of products and brands of DIY heart rate monitors and recommends several in a range of prices and features.

Go to: My ‘DIY Heart Rate Monitors’ Shopping Guide>

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Steve’s Recommendations: Atrial Fibrillation Books and References

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Steve’s Recommendations: Atrial Fibrillation Books and References

For patients and their families, these are our recommended A-Fib books and references.

In addition to Atrial Fibrillation, our suggestions include books on patient empowerment, unmasking health statistics, magnesium and other minerals/supplements, marketing schemes of the pharmaceutical industry and our favorite medical dictionary.

For your convenience, we have posted this entire list of books along with a short description on Amazon.com. Click to see books online.

  1. Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, Steve S. Ryan, PhD
  2. A Patient’s Guide to Heart Rhythm Problems, by Todd J. Cohen MD
  3. Clinical Management of Atrial Fibrillation by Kowey, Mohmand-Borkowski and Burke
  4. Medifocus Guidebook on Atrial Fibrillation
  5. The Magnesium Miracle (Revised and Updated Edition), by Carolyn Dean
  6. Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics, by Woloshin, Schwartz and Welch  
  7. The Empowered Patient, by Elizabeth S. Cohen
  8. Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients, by Ben Goldacre
  9. Concise Medical Dictionary (Oxford Quick Reference) by Martin
  10. Surviving American Medicine, by Cary Presant MD
  11. The Magnesium Factor, by Seelig and Rosanoff
  12. The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness, by J. Groopman, MD 
  13. The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology, by Dr Stephen T Sinatra M.D.

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Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD

We Beat Our A-Fib. So Can You!

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After publishing A-Fib.com for over 12 years, I distilled all I’d learned to the essentials and presented it in an easy-to-read format. 

Beat Your A‑Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, by Steve S. Ryan, PhD, is written for the newly diagnosed A-Fib patient, and every A-Fib patient who wants to understand their illness but doesn’t want to wade through medical books and research journals.

A Practical Guide Written for Patients and Their Families


Beat Your A‑Fib: The Essential Guide To Finding Your Cure

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Available in print or eBook

Is written from a patient’s point-of-view
♥ Translates medical terms and concepts into everyday language
 Is easy-to-read, in conversational language
 Offers an unbiased source of up-to-date information and best practices
 Is well-researched with bibliography of over 150 medical references
 252 pages and over 91,000 words
 Empowers patients to seek their own best treatment options
 Encourages you to become your own healthcare advocate.

Beat Your A‑Fib is written for everyone coping with this disease including family, friends and colleagues of someone dealing with this life altering disease. Beat Your A‑Fib is offered in both digital and print formats. You can be reading the digital (eBook) TODAY!

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For immediate download, choose the digital version for just $24.95 Or, order the 6” x 9” softcover book for just $32.95.

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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: Monday, April 17, 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 

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 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; 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/

NEW! MedlinePlus/Merriam-Webster Online Medical Dictionary: when you’re reading online and don’t have your medical dictionary handy, the best online medical dictionary we’ve found; https://medlineplus.gov/mplusdictionary.html

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 logoNEW! 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

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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