Doctors & patients are saying about ''...

" is a great web site for patients, that is unequaled by anything else out there."

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

Praise for

A sampling of what doctors, patients and others are saying… 

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Kathy H.

I can’t thank you enough for what you have done to help me and others … to free ourselves from taking life-long medication(s) and blood thinners.”

Kathleen Haxton, Surprise, AZ, A-Fib free after a CryoBalloon ablation, from her A-Fib story

“I really appreciate your newsletter. No one is doing anything like it.”

Don Cislo, Vista, CA, USA, Feb, 2018

“Hi, Dr. Ryan and everyone at I would like to update you.


Not Even One A-Fib Episode Since February 2014! I cannot thank you enough for your website and the info you provided to me that led to my [2014] CryoBalloon ablation. My physicians and I knew that I was headed for a stroke. My prayers were answered when I found your website. You saved my life! Thank you.

I’m also off all medications—no blood thinners or beta blockers!!! YEA!!!”

Sandy from Boston, MA 2017

“Just wanted to update you. I had my ablation…stayed overnight and before I left my EKG showed normal sinus. I feel great, great and noticed improvement within a couple days. It was your assistance that helped me reach this level. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!”

Brent Barton, Keller, TX, USA, Nov., 2017

“I had my ablation on Friday and all is well today…I want to thank you for your advice. If I had not found your book and talked with you I do not think I would have had the ablation.”

James Gray, Upland, CA, USA, Dec. 2017

“Still in Sinus rhythm! Hooray! …Again I want to thank you for all your help! I would have been in a totally difference situation right now if it weren’t for your book and your guidance! You have absolutely changed my life for the better!”        

Linda Wiedecker, after 2nd cryoablation, Avon by the Sea, NJ, Dec 2017

“Your kindness and interest in helping those of us with A-Fib is truly remarkable and unique in these times.  The help provided within your book, website, and even answering personal questions has been of tremendous benefit to me, and undoubtedly many, many others.

To undertake all of this work [at] without deriving monetary gain is amazing and very much appreciated.”

Cliff Gordon, Tiger, Georgia, USA, November 2017

“Thank you for your very thorough and very helpful reply, and for an outstanding website! I feel so privileged to be able to communicate with you directly about my atrial fibrillation questions.”

Lawrence Berger, MD, Albuquerque, NM, USA, September 2017

“This site is like stumbling over a treasure chest filled with goodies and pearls of wisdom! …After reading this information, I’m feeling more hopeful…and less fearful about dealing with A Fib. Thank you for that.”

Cecilia Thimsen, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; September 2017

“Have to say thanks very much for your time and energy putting together your site [] and updates, I always learn a lot from your site and links.”

Bob G., Chicago Illinois, June 2017

“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.

I feel I could send you a thank-you note each day and it would not be enough. Thanks again so much for your help.”

Jill and Steve Douglas, East Troy, WI, April 2017

“I just want to thank you for all your help and information! Your book [Beat Your A-Fib] was invaluable and I told Dr. [Grant] Simons that I was seeing him because of you! He said he knows you and he wanted to thank you! Keep up the great work in the fight against A-Fib!!”

Linda Wiedecker, Linden, New Jersey, April 2017

“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. I especially like learning about leading edge research, treatments and technology presented in Steve’s summaries from the annual AF Symposiums.

Steve has been very responsive and helpful regarding questions I have raised. It was my EP who originally directed me to”

Faye Spencer, Boise, ID, April 2017

“I save each and every one of your newsletters [A-Fib Alerts] and have learned so much from you. Your help and information guided me and kept me sane until I was able to schedule an ablation with a prominent electrophysiologist in OKL even though I live in NY state. My ablation was a success.

You helped me get to this point and I am so grateful. Thank you so much, Steve, and God Bless you.”

Nancy Putnam, Manlius, NY, Oct 2016

“I’m happy to donate [to]. Steve has always been very helpful answering my questions. You do a great job for a good cause! God bless.”

Mary Jo Hamlin, Liverpool, NY
After using the portal link to shop at
December 2016

Rukshen Weerasooriya, MD

Dr Rukshen W.

“Hi Steve, Greetings from down under.  Your website is a fantastic resource for AF patients. I am delighted to be included as a member of your Advisory board!”

Dr Rukshen Weerasooriya, AF Ablation Clinic, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Dr. Douglas Packer

D. Packer, MD

“This [] is a great web site for patients, that is unequaled by anything else out there.”

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


David Neth

“Thank you for all you do. The background and knowledge you provide to us out here in internet land as a god send.”

David Neth, after catheter ablation by the French Bordeaux Group, May 2016

“My mom had her ablation at age 75…and your website provided her with useful information and great peace of mind. As a nurse and nurse-practitioner, I want to thank you very much for the wonderful advice on your website and I pray blessings on your mission.”

Beth Sova, RN, CNM, MS; Virginia Beach, VA, July 2016

“Steve, I always appreciate your great [AF Symposium] reports and you taking the time to write and share them…Thanks for all your great work.”

Tom W. from Wisconsin, July 2016 top rated by for the third year.

[] is one of the most well-known websites about atrial fibrillation…The blog is a great information source for A-fib patients, both for the newly diagnosed and those that have been living with the disease for a long time.

Carrie Murphy for from The Best A-Fib Blogs of 2016

Tony and Jill Hall personal story

Tony and Jill Hall

“I am so thankful for Steve. Without him, I would likely be following doctors’ orders, taking rhythm drugs and adjusting my lifestyle in a concerning way. Instead, I have completely resumed all activities with a good understanding of A-Fib and so very thankful. I realize It is early and I may need another [ablation] procedure, but this peace of mind for every day I am not in A-fib is a gift from God that I was given, starting with Steve Ryan!”

Tony Hall, Evansville, Indiana

Paul O'Connell, the A-Fib Coach client

Paul O’Connell

“…[Steve’s] probably the world’s best informed patient advocate when it comes to understanding atrial fibrillation and its treatment. Most important, Steve is not owned by the AMA or Big Pharma so he is not beholden to anyone… .”’

Paul V. O’Connell, Baltimore, Maryland

About financially supporting this website: “Thank you. Your site is awesome and I will be doing all of my [] shopping through your [portal] link.

Mary LaPorte, Lansing, MI

Lise Soares Personal experience story

Lisa S.

“ was a great source of information, and my husband and I are grateful to Dr. Ryan for keeping it up-do-date. We thank him also for being available when we needed him.”

Lisa S., A-Fib episode-free for over 3 years, Arizona, USA, from her personal A-Fib story (#82)

John Bennett MD of

John Bennett MD

“…Ran across an article posted by the big gun of Patient Support for Atrial Fibrillation, Steve Ryan, PhD, from Malibu, who has an awesome newsletter with the latest developments in the A Fib field…”

John Bennett MD, from his website,, Oct. 2015

“I’ve followed afibfriendsteve for many years. Thank you, Steve, for your work on our behalf and for all of the information you’ve shared.”

Peter Hoskins Scottsdale, AZ, October 2015

From the A-Fib Video Library

A-Fib Videos

About the Video Library: “[The video, ‘Introduction to Your Heart’s Electrical System & How Clots Form’] should be required viewing by any patient…I have tried to follow my doctor’s very patient explanation of signal intervals etc. The heart electrical system video [from] is the most helpful I have ever seen.”

David Neth, 65-year-old athlete, A-Fib under control, Seattle WA

“Even though I haven’t liked learning some of the facts and statistics you present, your site is a joy to read. What an accomplishment, so thorough and wonderfully organized—not to mention that you “stay current”.

M. Booth, eastern Pennsylvania, April 2015

“My husband and I really enjoy reading your [A-Fib Alerts] article, and we get more education each month. The article on this month, regarding “Reversal Agents for the new Anticoagulants” is the one of the greatest hope we have had…..My husband would be on one a day pill if this takes place…Thank you for encouraging news.”

Lou and Machiko Vacherlon, Saint Charles, Illinois, March 6, 2015

BYA Book cover 3D Right -smaller shadow 150 x 180 pix 96 res“Had it not been for Steve and the wonderful counsel that he provides on his website, I would be in a dark place.  By reading Steve’s informative book as well as reading his newsletters, I was able to partner with my electrophysiologist in finding a cure for my condition.  I am forever grateful to Steve and Patti for your generosity and kindness in keeping all of us updated and informed.”

Nancy Putnam, Manlius, NY, August 2014

“ has been very important to me in my own struggle with Afib…to make a long story short, I developed paroxysmal Afib in 2003, [then] persistent version in 2011, and was “cured” in December of 2013 by Dr. Andrea Natale at Scripps in La Jolla. It was my fourth ablation and I was inspired and guided all the way by Steve’s web site information.”

Charles Bankston, Westlake Village, California, August 2014

Beverly Welsh

B. Welsh

“ is the primary resource for down-home, friendly advice…gives you a well-grounded outlook on how you may choose to deal with your particular needs.”

Beverly Welsh
Los Angeles, CA, August 2014

“Steve’s website provides a central resource to which we should all contribute with information about our own experiences where we think they can help others… .”

Neville Greenwell, Perth, Western Australia., August 2014

“Congratulations to the most dedicated AF journalist there is. Your timely and dead on commentary are the best! Thank you to you and your teams hard work.”

Rich O, June 7, 2014
Jeremy Ruskin, MD, Mass. General Hospital and AF Symposium

J. Ruskin, MD

“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 am very glad I had the ablation and thankful…I honestly have you to thank for giving me the courage to go ahead. Thank-you so much for sending my request to the prayer group. You have been a life line for me.”

Katharine Kelly-Bodie, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 2014

“Dear Steve, You are doing a wonderful job with your site! Can you please update my current affiliation to Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ?”

Warm regards, John F. Beshai, MD, FHRS, April 2014

Marilyn support volunteer

M. Shook

“Thank you for your updates on the 2014 AF Symposium. Your writings are very informative…[and] thank you Steve for all your information these past 8 years!!!”

Marilyn Shook, Michigan, USA, March 14, 2014

“I suspect that most of us who get hit with this condition out of the blue are as woefully ignorant as I was. Your website [] was a Godsend at the time and the book is probably even better.”

Hoyt Foucault, February 2014

James Ong MD

James Ong MD

“I have communicated with Steve for many years via his website,…He was one of the first to delve into this important subject on the web and I commend him for doing such a wonderful job disseminating crucial information and educating the public on AFib.”

James Ong, MD, FACC, FHRS, Cardiologist and Author, Tarzana, CA

[] is the best useful site I’ve ever read about A-Fib. Thank you very much from TURKEY. I’m an engineer, all is understandable for me on your site.”

Mesut Arik, A-Fib patient from Turkey review of Beat Your A-Fib book at“Thanks for your continuing efforts. Your site, book and work is a lifeline to many I’m sure and certainly to me.”

David Neth, 65-year-old athlete with A-Fib under control, Seattle WA

“Your site and book inspired me. It took 2 tries, but I have been afib-free since my ablation procedure in May. I would be happy to write a story as I was so inspired by what I read earlier. (had it since 2004).”

Dr. Joseph T. Kelley, University of Maine, Orono, ME

“Your web site is fabulous!!!” Thanks again for the time you have devoted to the task of giving GOOD information about AFib. You strike a good balance between a “high tech” info and a “watered down” approach.”

Dr. Arthur R. Maret, Longwood, FL

Carolyn Thomas, editor

C. Thomas

“I love your [] 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,

“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 by Steve Ryan, this site was a big help to me, and helped me be free of AF.”

Roy Salmon, former patient, now A-Fib Free, posted on, Sept. 2013

“By far provides the best technical review of A-Fib on the net.”

Reg, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Dr. Hugh Calkins, AF Symposium

Dr. Hugh Calkins

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

Dr. Hugh G. Calkins, Director, Cardiac Arrhythmia Service
Professor of Medicine,  Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, MD 

“What a great site. I think the work you are doing is saving lives.”

Ralph Tucker, Tulsa, Oklahoma

“I feel great now and wanted to say thanks for having this site.”

Anjela, New York

“Thank you for the opportunity to access information on your web site.”

Warren Welsh, Melbourne, Australia

“I find the reports of the Boston Symposium…especially useful.”

Dick Inglis, Publisher, 

“Thank you for your info-packed website.”

June Irwin, Long Beach, CA

“I feel more informed…God bless you for your unselfish efforts.”

Nancy Becker, Los Angeles

“I cannot grasp how much time it took and takes you to remain current—hundreds of hours? Thousands? Thank you so much.” 

Jean Kirkland, North Carolina 

“Thank you for creating The website is a comprehensive, meaningful and objective resource. Your story is inspirational.”

Larry D., Bellingham, WA 

“Yours is the single best and most thorough resource I’ve found.”

Gordon Grannis, Southern California

“A great resource for patients seeking solid, reliable information on A-Fib.”

Dr. M. S. Forcina, Raleigh, NC

“Thank you for the commitment you have made to the subject of atrial fibrillation treatment options”

Eric C., from Idaho 

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