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"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.”

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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, 
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"...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."

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"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


Does Your Family Know How to Help You During an A-Fib Episode?

Keep Calm and Follow Your A-Ffib Action Plan poster at

“Keep calm and follow your A-Fib Action Plan.”

Steve S. Ryan, PhD,

For your family’s peace of mind, you need to create an ‘A-Fib Action Plan’.

During an A-Fib attack, an A-Fib Action Plan with specific steps is reassuring and helps everyone stay calm. Your family will be confident they’re supporting you in taking the right action at the right time.

To learn how to create your action plan, see: Why & How to Create Your ‘A-Fib Episode Action Plan’.


Be Courageous When Seeking Your A-Fib Cure

“When seeking your A-Fib cure: Be courageous! Be assertive! Get the care that you deserve. Do NOT go with the flow.”

From Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure

As you progress through your treatment plan, continue to educate yourself. Read, surf the internet, participate in online discussions. Become an equal partner with your doctors or healthcare team.

Personal Stories of Hope, Courage and Lessons Learned: For encouragement, browse our library of over 90 first-person stories by patients—many now A-Fib-free. Go to our Personal A-Fib Stories of Hope.


She Calls it a Miracle: No More Meds and Restored Quality of Life

“Do not take ‘this is as good as it gets’ as an answer. Do your own research about what’s possible and take a co-leadership role with your doctor.”

Michele Straube, A-Fib free after 30 years

‘I Want to Cure My A-Fib, Not Just Manage It.’

Keep in Mind: For many A-Fib patients, their best outcome came about only when they told their doctor, ‘I want to cure my A-Fib, not just manage it.’ (And, if needed, they also changed doctors.)

How to Find the Best Doctor for Youor

To be cured of your A-Fib, you may need to ‘fire’ your current doctor. Seek an electrophysiologist (EP), a cardiologist who specializes in heart rhythm problems (the electrical functions of the heart).

Choose a doctor who will partner with you to create a treatment plan—a path to finding your cure or best outcome. To learn how, read Finding the Right Doctor for You and Your A-Fib.

Michele’s Personal A-Fib Story: To learn the importance of finding the right doctor, read Michele Straube’s personal A-Fib experience: Cured after 30 years in A-Fib.

Run―don’t walk―to the best EP you can afford.

Don’t Let Your Doctor Leave You in A-Fib

Don’t live in A-Fib!

“Treating patients with drugs but leaving them in A-Fib, overworks the heart, leads to fibrosis and increases the risk of stroke and dementia. Seek your Cure.”

Leaving the Patient in A-Fib—No! No! No!
The goal of today’s A-Fib treatment guidelines is to get A-Fib patients back into normal sinus rhythm (NSR). Unless too feeble, there’s no good reason to just leave someone in A-Fib. Read more.

Don’t let your doctor leave you in A-Fib. Educate yourself. Learn your treatment options. And always aim for a Cure!

Learn more about all treatments for Atrial Fibrillation.


The Longer You Have A-Fib, the Greater the Risk

“A-Fib begets A-Fib. Don’t delay. It’s important to treat your A-Fib as soon as practical.” 

From Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure.

A-Fib is a progressive disease.The longer you have A-Fib, the greater the risk of your A-Fib episodes becoming more frequent and longer, often leading to continuous (Chronic) A-Fib.

Each A-Fib attack changes to some extent the cellular matrix in the heart’s electrical system leading to more A-Fib episodes.

The abnormal rhythm in your heart causes changes and enlarges your atria (called remodeling), making it work harder and harder over time.(However, some people never progress to more serious A-Fib stages.)

Unless someone is too feeble, there’s no good reason to just leave someone in A-Fib.

Leaving patients in A-Fib overworks the heart, leads to fibrosis, stretches/expands the atrial heart walls, weakens the heart, increases the risk of stroke, develops (congestive) heart failure, and leads to dimentia because of reduced blood flow to the brain.

Any treatment plan for A-Fib must try to prevent or stop remodeling and fibrosis. Educate Yourself. And always aim for a Cure!

As anyone who’s had A-Fib can tell you, being back in sinus is wonderful! Sinus rhythm begets Sinus Rhythm. Your heart develops muscle memory which makes the heart want to stay in sinus.

To learn more, see Leaving the Patient in A-Fib—No! No! No!

Don’t Just ‘Manage’ Your A-Fib. Learn All Your Treatment Options. Aim for a Cure.

“Get your A-Fib taken care of. It won’t go away. It may seem to get better, but it will return. Don’t think that the medication is long term solution.”

Danel Doane, A-Fib free after Mini-Maze surgery

Don’t Expect Miracles from Current Medications

Antiarrhythmic drugs are only effective for about 40% of patients. Many patients can’t tolerate the bad side effects. When drugs do work, over time, they become less effective or stop working. According to Drs. Irina Savelieva and John Camm of St. George’s University of London, London, UK:

“The plethora of antiarrhythmic drugs currently available for the treatment of A-Fib is a reflection that none is wholly satisfactory, each having limited efficacy combined with poor safety and tolerability.”

Drugs don’t cure A-Fib but merely keep it at bay.

Learn All Your Treatment Options

Educate yourself about all your treatment options, see: Treatments for Atrial Fibrillation and Which of the A-Fib Treatment Options is Best for Me? Finally, discuss these treatment options with your doctor. This should be a ‘team effort’, a decision you and your doctor will make together.

Don’t just ‘manage’ your A-Fib. Seek your Cure.

Atrial Fibrillation…Like a Thief in the Night

“‘Don’t let A-Fib rob you of your joy of living.
Don’t just take your meds and get used to it.’
Seek your cure.”

Robert Dell, patient quote from
Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure.

Now A-Fib-free, Robert Dell shares:

“I no longer live in the A-Fib shadow and no longer take the drugs. My life is back. I no longer have to be content with less. All is now quiet. The ablations have given me my life back. I no longer have to worry about what pills, foods, or attitudes I should have to avoid A-Fib. I no longer go to sleep at night wondering if I will wake up with A-Fib.”

To read Robert Dell’s A-Fib story, see: Daddy is always tired.” Daddy needed his life back.

A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice #10: Strive to be Your Own Healthcare Champion

‘Become your own
best patient advocate.’

John Thorton from Sioux Falls, SD, about ignoring the bad advice: “The local MDs, cardiologists, EPs, and other local specialists, all told me stuff like: “It is just anxiety,” and “You just need to learn to live with it”. Which was completely WRONG.

Michele Straub, Salt Lake City, Utah, encourages you to be more active in your own treatment plan: “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.”

Joan Schneider, Ann Arbor, MI: “I was so desperate for answers I started searching on-line. My jaw hit the table. [I said to myelf…] ‘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.

Seek Support—Our A-Fib Support VolunteersTo become your own best patient advocate, it helps to have someone you can turn to for advice, emotional support, and a sense of hope that you can be cured. Our volunteers are just an email away, see our article, Our A-Fib Support Volunteers.

Make Things Happen: Become Your Own Best Patient Advocate!

‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice” is a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. From Chapter 12, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD.

Mineral Deficiencies Can Force Fatal Arrhythmia

“Anyone in A-Fib is almost certainly magnesium deficient.

An imbalance or deficiency in minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium can force the heart into fatal arrhythmias.”

Steve Ryan, former A-Fib patient, cured since 1998.

Deficiencies in Magnesium and Potassium can force the heart into fatal arrhythmias. Most A-Fib patients are lacking in both minerals.

Magnesium (Mg) is needed for proper muscle, nerve, and enzyme function. Lacking in most diets, it’s often necessary to take a magnesium supplement over several months to restore levels.

To learn more about mineral deficiencies, see Cardiovascular Benefits of Magnesium: Insights for Atrial Fibrillation Patients.

A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice #9: Learn All Your Options Before Making Treatments Choices

‘Educate Yourself on All Treatment Options Before Making Decisions.’

Sheri Weber, Boyce, Virginia: “I questioned my cardio doctor about treatment options other than medication; He told me surgical procedures had very low success rates (WRONG!). Anger and determination led me to research my options .”

Daniel Doane, Sonora, California: “I have gotten a lot of bad advice from various GPs: ‘I think that all of these tests your EP is requesting are just a waste of money.’ and ‘Don’t worry about a little A-Fib. It won’t kill you.’ ”

Joan Schneider, Ann Arbor, MI: “I found everything I needed to know when I came across,, and the best support from the A-Fib support group. It was a true experience of input, input, input!”, your unbiased source on treatments for Atrial Fibrillation: Check our Treatments section covering diagnostic tests, common mineral deficiencies, drug therapies, cardioversion, catheter ablations and surgery and more.

Don’t Believe Everything You’re Told About A-Fib.

‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice” is a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. From Chapter 12, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD.

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