Review: Founder & CEO of the Atrial Fibrillation Association (AFA) writes...
"... well written, easy to understand, comprehensive and a great resource for patients and caregivers living with atrial fibrillation."
Trudie C Lobban, MBE,
Founder & CEO, Atrial Fibrillation Association (AFA)
Founder & Trustee, Arrhythmia Alliance
Review: Publisher of AF-Ideas.com writes...
"...Empowers the [patient] with basic knowledge that by itself can give him a feeling of control over a heart situation gone chaotic. The [patient] will come away with the idea that AF has serious consequences and that measures such as rate control and anti-arrhythmic medications are not a useful solution for most."
Dick Inglis, Publisher, AF-Ideas.com
Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure
Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) seen by physicians. Many patients suffering from Atrial Fibrillation have three strikes against them:
1. Their "quality of life" has deteriorated; they are scared or frightened.
2. Many experience side effects from the common drug therapies or simply do not want to live on medication; a cure for their A-Fib hasn't been discussed.
3. Patient information is often out-of-date, incomplete or biased toward a specific pharmaceutical or treatment; much information about new treatment options is written in the language of scientists and doctors.
The author, Dr. Steve Ryan, PhD, a former A-Fib patient, addresses all these issues. His book is written for the newly diagnosed patient and any A-Fib patient who doesn't want to wade through medical texts and research journals to understand their disease. Beat Your A-Fib helps patients and their families look beyond the commonly prescribed drug therapies that only manage the disease, but do not cure it.
Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure offers:
• Unbiased, up-to-date information and best practices
• Medical terms and concepts translated into everyday language
• Non-drug treatment options including Cardioversion, RF catheter ablation, Pulmonary Vein Isolation, CryoBalloon, Cox-Maze and Mini-Maze surgeries, and AV Node Ablation with Pacemaker
• Research-based content with a bibliography of over 150 medical references
• 'Lessons learned' from A-Fib patients now enjoying lives free of the burden of A-Fib
• Recommended Resources and Website Links
• Patient tools to become their own best healthcare advocate
This unique book helps patients research their best treatment options, steps through how to find the right doctor for their type of A-Fib and treatment goals, gives patients hope and empowers them to develop a plan for finding their A-Fib cure or best outcome.
Dr. Walter Kerwin, MD, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, California, wrote the Foreword for the book. Dr. Steven C. Hao, MD, of California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California, penned the Introduction.
Dr. Steve Ryan, PhD, is a noted healthcare educator and advocate for patients with Atrial Fibrillation, and former A-Fib patient. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Communications from the Ohio State University.
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About the Author
Dr. Ryan had his first A Fib attack in the January 1997. After numerous failed drug therapies, two unsuccessful right atria ablations, and much frustration, he educated himself about Atrial Fibrillation through an exhaustive search of medical literature and interviews with medical experts.
In April 1998 he was cured by Drs. Pierre Jaïs and Michel Haïssaguerre of the French Bordeaux group (France) through a relatively new procedure at the time called Focal Catheter Ablation (now called "pulmonary vein Isolation"). So grateful for his cure, he pledged to help other A Fib patients find their cure, too.
In 2002, he started his website, Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients (www.A Fib.com), a source of well-researched, unbiased information on current and emerging treatments, resources and medical research---all written in plain language for the non-medical reader. Every month tens of thousands of A-Fib patients and their families visit A-Fib.com seeking hope and guidance. Healthcare professionals around the world refer their patients to www.A-Fib.com.
Dr. Steve Ryan earned a Ph.D. in Educational Communications from the Ohio State University, and for many years taught film and television courses at the college level. He and his wife, Patti, live in Malibu, California, USA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I welcomed the chance to review this book. My wife has been suffering from A-fib for some time now and I wanted to see if there was a good overview of the condition. That is exactly what I got. Mr. Ryan uses his skills in education communication to explain the nature of the condition, the various medications used to treat the disease and the surgical options available. All in very clear terms. The second half of the book is a recounting of personal stories of A-Fib patients. These are very illuminating and make the point that one particular option doesn’t work for all patients. After reading this book, you will learn how to find a doctor that specializes in treating A-Fib, be able to intelligently discuss the various options with him or her and be able to make an informed choice of treatment. I highly recommend this book.