About Steve Ryan, PhD
Steve Ryan, PhD, is a former A-Fib patient, a noted healthcare educator and advocate for patients with Atrial Fibrillation. He is publisher of Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients (A-Fib.com), the award-winning author of "Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure" (BeatYourA-Fib.com), and known as The A-Fib Coach for his personal counseling of A-Fib patients seeking relief from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation.
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 (Hôpital ardiologique du Haut-Lévêque, 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 Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients (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.
A-Fib.com is deliberately not affiliated with any medical school, device manufacturer, pharmaceutical company, or medical practice and does not accept advertising. Every month 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 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 “jumped the fence” in 1983 to work in broadcast television production at ABC-TV in Hollywood and later for many years at NBC-TV in Burbank. He took an early retirement from NBC-TV in Burbank in 2001.
For two years running, Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients (A-Fib.com) has been top-rated and recognized by Healthline.com in their list of "The Best Atrial Fibrillation Blogs of the Year".
He spends much of his time researching and writing for A-Fib.com and counseling other A-Fib patients. He and his wife, Patti, live in Malibu, California, USA.
For more background information, see Steve S. Ryan, PhD at LinkedIn, Steve S. Ryan on Facebook, and www.BeatYourA-Fib.com.