PRLog - May 27, 2014 - MALIBU, Calif. -- The news came yesterday, but it was 13 years in the making. Steve S. Ryan, PhD, learned his non-profit patient education website, Atrial Fibrillation:
Steve S Ryan, PhD, publisher of A-Fib.com
Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) seen by physicians. (An A-Fib Fact sheet is available at BeatYour A-Fib.com/A-
Dr. Ryan was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation in 1997, with symptoms forcing him to take disability leave from his job at NBC-TV in Burbank. After numerous ineffective drug therapies, two unsuccessful right atrium ablations, a failed left atrium ablation and much frustration, he locked himself in a medical school library for 6 months. He educated himself about Atrial Fibrillation through an exhaustive search of the medical literature and through interviews with leading cardiologists and medical experts.
In 1998, that medical research led him to Bordeaux, France, to find the world's leader in Atrial Fibrillation research, Michel Haïssaguerre, MD, of the Hôpital Cardiologique du Haut-Lévêque. Dr. Ryan was their first U.S. patient. His A-Fib was cured through a relatively new procedure at the time called Focal Point Catheter Ablation (now called “pulmonary vein Isolation”). He has been A-Fib-free ever since.
Dr. Ryan quote, "We hope that recognition of A-Fib.com helps spread our message that 'A-Fib can be Cured!' That patients don't have to live a life on meds."
Dr. Ryan is also the author of the book, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, an Amazon.com Top 100 Best Seller since its debut in 2012 in two categories Disorders & Diseases Reference, and Heart Disease. Beat Your A-Fib educates and empowers patients to develop a plan for finding their A-Fib cure or best outcome.
Other Awards and Recognition:
Healthline.com is a top ten health information destination site with a mission to make the people of the world healthier through the power of information and by offering objective, trustworthy, accurate and medically reviewed health information. Healthline content empowers more than 8 million people per month to make intelligent health decisions.
In addition to Healthline.com, Healthline Networks has pioneered visual learning with interactive content to demystify the complex aspects of health. It provides health-related content, tools and services to more than 40 other sites. Healthline was founded by Dr. James Norman in 1999 as YourDoctor.com.
About the Author
Dr. Steve Ryan, PhD, is a former A-Fib patient, a noted healthcare educator and advocate for patients suffering from the heart condition Atrial Fibrillation. In 2002, Dr. Ryan started Atrial Fibrillation:
Dr. Ryan earned his 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. For a more detailed background, see Steve S. Ryan, PhD on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/
Online Media Kit at http://beatyoura-
• A-Fib Fact sheet: http://www.BeatYourA-
• Dr. Michel Haïssaguerre, MD, Hôpital Cardiologique du Haut-Lévêque and the LIRYC: http://www.ihu-
• Atrial Fibrillation:
• Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD, http://www.BeatYourA-
• The A-Fib Coach, http://www.a-
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
Steve S. Ryan
Steve S. Ryan