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Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure: Written in everyday language for patients with Atrial Fibrillation Paperback – March 25, 2012
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Founder & CEO of the Atrial Fibrillation Association (AFA)"... well written, easy to understand, comprehensive and a great resource for patients and caregivers living with atrial fibrillation." Trudie C Lobban
The Midwest Book Review: "...a solid guide to combating this emerging cardiovascular epidemic. ... Beat Your A-Fib is a "must read" for anyone suffering from or at risk for this serious medical condition." June 2012
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Publisher of Patient Safety America, writes "...If your cardiologist diagnoses you with A-fib, you have a myriad of choices to deal with your illness. The thesis of Dr. Ryan's book is that a cure is better than management with drugs...The text is easy to read and elaborates with clear diagrams, relevant examples, lessons learned, and snippets of 'wisdom.' ... an excellent place to build your knowledge of this disease so that you can be a full partner with your cardiologist in deciding your best course of treatment..." December 2012. John T. James, PhD, Patient Safety America
Pierre Jaïs, M.D. , Professor of Cardiology, Haut-Lévêque Hospital in Pessac, Bordeaux, France "...incredibly complete and easy-to-understand for anybody....One of the critical thoughts of this book is written on page 165 and says "don't let anyone, especially your doctor, tell you that A-Fib isn't that serious, or you should just learn to live with it". I must admit this is unfortunately not unusual and has never been helpful to patients who are disabled by their atrial fibrillation. One may in fact think that this book should be read by physicians as well."
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
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Shortly after its March 25, 2012 debut on Amazon.com, 'Beat Your A-Fib' ranked #1 in 'Hot New Releases in the Heart Disease' category. Since then 'Beat Your A-Fib' has continually ranked on the Amazon's Top 100 Best Sellers lists in two categories: Heart Disease, and Disorders & Diseases Reference.
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Yes, the book was easy to read and comprehend (though I am a retired RN) and there were many first-hand accounts from A-Fib sufferers, but it left me hanging dry in the way of any alternative direction, opposed to a possible nutritional deficiency and surgical procedures. Apart from the medication aspect which was covered in detail, I'm pretty sure that every one of the stories told chose surgery as their main option. You mean apart from Big Pharma, ablation and surgical procedures no one has conquered A-Fib? Where are their stories?
I refused to believe that those surgical procedures were the only ways to correct or solve my problem. So, while reading "Beat Your A-Fib" I gained insight into the typical patterns of patients and their treatments and the variety of surgical "cures," I felt very let down . . . none of their scenarios were what I was looking or hoping for! In fact, after reading it I became terrified of the pattern that those horrid episodes would only grow closer and closer together, and for me, that pattern seemed to be the case-- 4 mos., 3 mos., 2 mos., etc. So, I sought a consult with a Naturopathic MD. Yes! There were some answers and new supplements that could make a difference and I'm thrilled that they seem to be working! It's been five months since the last episode and I've had no episodes since I've been on the regimen scoped out for me. I feel great! Of course, time will continue to tell, but I just want to shout out that you can seek alternatives--a naturopathic way of thinking could be of great value to you with your A-Fib!
BTW, Chapter 5 mentions mineral deficiencies and supplementation--potassium and magnesium are very important, (my blood work was all fine). Where are the stories of those that found a cure by strictly going this route? Listed are some supplements like CoQ10, Vit. C, taurine and hawthorne berry, but why did this discussion not continue, with dosages and therapies that work for people? Some of the main supplements that my ND recommended and worked for me are: hawthorne solid extract 1/4 tsp 2XDay, convallaria (lily of the valley) 8-10 gtts in water 2XDay and L-taurine 1000mg 2XDay, plus adding additional magnesium (covered in the book).
I gave it 3 stars for leaving out an important option (for me) and not going into more detail and for not including pertinent patient stories from those taking a medication/supplemental route alone.
Learn what to eliminate in your diet - all the usual suspects: MSG, salt, sugar, & less calcium. Get the book & implement the dietary changes before proceding to invasive procedures or prescription drugs with their side effects. Go to Hans Larson's Afib Report website for additional dietary advice & read his review of this book in among the 5 star reviews. You might also look at Dr Fuhrman's "End Of Heart Disease" which advocates a plant based diet, instead of potassium supplements. Update - As of 8-17, still A-Fib free. I might add that the nurse practicioner at the VA was asking me about taurine and magnesium as a potential treatment.
After a few years, I learned about cardiac ablations but none of my doctors pushed the idea. After 8 years of meds, anxiety, fatigue, risk of stroke and reduced quality of life, I came across this book. It was an eye opener and helped me decide to have the procedure. Fortunately, the quality of cardiac care in my area is very high and I trusted the docs to do a good job, which they did. I am about 8 weeks post procedure and it seems to be working. I will have more testing and will continue on meds for awhile and then gradually be weaned off the meds. My fingers are crossed.
My advice on this is, gather as much information as you can, find out who can help you and if you qualify for the procedure. There is no sense in living with a risky condition if there are good options for fixing it.
(One little quibble - I wish authors and others would not use militaristic ways of referring to health care treatments. Like "Beat Your A-fib" "...a battle with cancer," and so on. Isn't there a better way to refer to health care and healing than battle related verbiage?