The AFib Cure
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Introduction: The Promise
Much of what you've heard about AFib is true. Much isn't. Here's the real story.

Chapter 1: Probable Causes
Everyone gets into AFib a different way. Most get out the same way.

Chapter 2: Inside Out
Why understanding what is happening in your body is vital to building your mindset for the battle ahead

Chapter 3: The Well-Worn Path
Why a deep understanding of medications and supplements is vital for anyone suffering from AFib

Chapter 4: Biomarker Monitoring
How to understand what your body is telling you

Chapter 5: Lifestyle Optimization
Why setting up a better life for confronting AFib is easier than you think

Chapter 6: Ablation
Why the procedure is safer, easier, and more successful than you may think

Chapter 7: Stop Unnecessary Drugs
Why most AFib medications can be reduced, and many can be eliminated, and why some patients can look forward to a completely drug-free life

Chapter 8: Tracking Wellness
How a lifetime commitment to data collection and analysis is the final step toward a potential cure for AFib

Chapter 9: The AFib Diet
Why the best diet for your heart is one in which you don't count calories and never feel hungry again.

Chapter 10: Make It Stick
How everyone can make BLAST work for them, through seven easy lessons

Conclusion: Just the Beginning
Why atrial fibrillation could be the best thing ever to happen to you

Acknowledgements
Endnotes
About the Authors

About the Author

John D. Day, MD, graduated from medical school at Johns Hopkins University. He did his residency and cardiac electrophysiology fellowship training at Stanford University. Dr. Day is an electrophysiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. He previously served as president of the Heart Rhythm Society and currently serves as the Utah Governor of the American College of Cardiology. He is recognized as an international thought leader on atrial fibrillation management. Dr. Day is board certified in cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology. He has published more than 100 manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters and regularly lectures both nationally and internationally on heart rhythm disorders. Dr. Day is the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Innovations in Cardiac Rhythm Management. In 2017, Dr. Day published The Longevity Plan: Seven Life-Transforming Lessons from Ancient China, with HarperCollins as publisher. The Longevity Plan was an Amazon number one bestseller and was named best books of 2017 by the Huffington Post and won the Nautilus Book Award Gold Medal for the best book of 2017.

Dr. T. Jared Bunch, MD, is the founding editor of the HeartRhythm Case Reports journal and is active in the Heart Rhythm Society. During residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, he received the Outstanding Achievement Award and the Resident Research Award from the Department of Medicine, and the Donald J. Feist Primary Care Clinic Award for Clinical Excellence. He completed his fellowship in cardiovascular diseases and electrophysiology at the Mayo Clinic and received the Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award for clinical care of patients and the Donald C. Balfour Award for meritorious research. He served as an assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic from 2003-2007. After fellowship, he joined the cardiovascular team at Intermountain Heart Institute and directed heart rhythm research and received the Physician Researcher of the Year for the Intermountain Healthcare System in 2014 and 2017. In 2019, he joined the faculty at the University of Utah School of Medicine as a professor of medicine. Dr. Bunch is on the editorial boards of the Heart Rhythm Journal, Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, Heart, American Heart Journal, JACC Clinical Electrophysiology, and the Journal of Innovations in Cardiac Rhythm Management.

Matthew D. LaPlante is an associate professor of journalism at Utah State University, where he teaches news reporting, narrative non-fiction writing, and crisis reporting. He has reported from more than a dozen nations, including Iraq, Cuba, Ethiopia, and El Salvador, and his work has appeared in Washington Post, Los Angeles Daily News, CNN.com, and numerous other publications. LaPlante is the author of Superlative: The Biology of Extremes and cowriter of several books on the intersection of scientific discovery and society.

Reviews

"This book provides a complete compendium of what AFib patients need to know. It just might help you stop, or even cure, your AFib."

-Mellanie True Hills, founder and CEO, StopAFib.org and author of A Woman's Guide to Saving Her Own Life

"
The AFib Cure
is an outstanding and up-to-date tour-de-force patient guide for effectively managing-and even eliminating-the bane that is atrial fibrillation, penned by world-renowned electrophysiologists, Dr. John Day and Dr. T. Jared Bunch . . . Written with in-depth yet accessible and easy-to-digest insights into this often-complex topic, the authors offer a comprehensive road map for combining the best of lifestyle optimization protocols plus cutting-edge discoveries from the front lines of electrophysiology."

-Shannon W. Dickson, editor of The AFib Reportat AFibbers.org

"The AFib Cure is a thorough, evidence-based guide to help patients with atrial fibrillation. Any patient living with AFib will find inspiration for their own treatment within this book. A must-have book for every patient!"

-Percy F. Morales MD, author of Your Complete Guide to AFib

"Dr. John Day, Dr. T. Jared Bunch, and Matthew D. LaPlante present a credible, easy-to-read, and engaging resource for anyone affected by the electrical epidemic of AFib. With years of experience, knowledge, and research, the authors provide a truly integrative step-by-step plan using science, storytelling, and actionable information. The AFib Cure is a must-read guide for anyone who wants to overcome this major health challenge."

-Aseem Desai, MD, FHRS, codirector of Mission Heritage Heart Rhythm Specialists and author of Restart Your Heart: The Playbook for Thriving with AFib

"A book for AFib patients that includes all of us, especially the concerns and challenges of the emerging younger female population that are often overlooked. Drs. Day and Bunch have taken the current research and explained it into our language. With this book, you will have step-by-step options and end-of-chapter summaries to guide you."

-Debbe McCall, BS, MBA, cardiovascular patient PI, and moderator of the Atrial Fibrillation Support Forum

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