Atrial Fibrillation

AFib Patient Tools and Handouts

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association has developed these AFib handouts for nurses and other health care providers to use with patients. Join as a member today to take advantage of member pricing.

Patient Booklet -  Living with AFib: The Beat Goes On

The Beat Goes On: Living with AFib
This 14-page booklet is intended for health care providers to use when counseling their patients at risk for atrial fibrillation (AFib). The teaching tool provides information about what AFib is, why it is a problem, tests, types, and what patients can do to live a full life with AFib.

It is our hope that this booklet will educate patients and empower them to take control of their AFib by making healthy lifestyle choices, checking their pulse daily, taking medicine correctly, reducing stress, and understanding AFib.

Free to download  $0 members/$80 non-members
50 booklets per order
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Free to download  $0 members/$80 non-members
50 booklets per order 
Free to download   

Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any printed materials.

Interactive Tool - Living with AFib: The Beat Goes On

AFib Interactive Tool
This interactive version of The Beat Goes On: Living With AFib may be used in either clinical settings or accessed by patients and their families and caregivers at home. In addition to embedded videos that describe AFib as well as stress tests and more, the book also can be aloud for the visually impaired or those who prefer audio learning. The book also includes:
  • Full-color illustrations
  • Interactive checklists
  • Individualized medication worksheets
  • Self-care instructions
The booklet is available in English.

You will need to log in to view the tool and to learn the URL for you to share with your patients.  


Graphic Handout

Afib Graphic Handout
We have developed this infographic based on the results of a survey of PCNA nurses designed was to better understand how nurses identify patients who may be at risk for Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation (NVAF). The health care provider side of the infographic provides important facts about NVAF, its risk factors, signs and symptoms.

We hope this tool will help nurses as they prepare to engage patients in an educational dialogue about this highly prevalent condition and ways to reduce their risk of stroke in the presence of NVAF.

Ways to use the graphic handout:
  • Share as part of the clinical visit on an iPad, tablet or desktop, helping to guide your conversation with patients for whom visual imagery is most impactful. 
  • Print the infographic into a poster for use in the exam room or other clinic setting.  
  • Include in electronic communication with patients potentially at risk for AFib, such as in emails or patient portal notifications, allowing patients to consider potential risk factors prior to speaking with you.

Disclaimer: This and other PCNA educational materials are for information purposes only and are not intended to replace medical advice or diagnose or treat health problems. Health-related decisions should be made in partnership with a healthcare provider. It is the reader's responsibility to seek out the most current, accurate information.