August e-News
Working together to improve the diagnosis, treatment and
quality of life for all those affected by arrhythmias
Celebrate National Wellness Month By Staying #HeartSafe
Applying a holistic wellness approach to your life can increase the chances of
keeping your body #HeartSafe. It is to your benefit to assess all areas of your
well-being and take steps towards improvement.

HeartFirst Focus
Pet Ownership Wellness Benefits

There are amazing health benefits to pet ownership. According to many studies, people who own a pet reduce their chances of heart disease while increasing their mental, physical and emotional health.

Here at Arrhythmia Alliance, we know that #AllHeartsMatter even the hearts of our furry-four-legged friends! 🐾❤️

We'd love to feature your pet on social media! Please send your pet pics to:
The Community Corner
City of Hardeeville Wellness Investment

The City of Hardeeville is making a huge $30,000 AED investment towards the well-being of the community by keeping it #HeartSafe. We are so grateful for our community partners who understand the importance of providing public Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to residents. If you would like to join our mission to provide all communities with public access AEDs, please consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!
Invest in what matters most, invest in matters of the heart.

Every $1 you donate goes directly toward saving lives and every $1 makes a difference.

Alternatively, please mail checks to:
Arrhythmia Alliance, PO Box 5507, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938
Highlights from touchCARDIO
Stay Well Through Screenings and New Treatments

Our touchCARDIO highlight for August features Professor John Camm discussing the latest developments from the National Screening Committee Atrial Fibrillation consultation. Research has shown that early screenings and new treatments could potentially save patients from strokes and early mortality. Partnering with your physician to help identify ways to maintain wellness are critical for patients with Atrial Fibrillation.

Please click here for the video: Professor John Camm Video
Heart Healthy Habits
Build a Holistic Sense of Wellness

According to The National Wellness Institute (NWI), there are:

Six Dimensions of Wellness
Emotional, Occupational, Physical, Social,
Intellectual, and Spiritual

"Addressing all six dimensions of wellness in our lives builds a holistic sense of wellness and fulfillment. Developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute (NWI), this interdependent model for the Six Dimensions of Wellness provides the categories from which NWI derives its resources and services."

To download a PDF handout about the Six Dimensions of Wellness,  click   here .

Source: National Wellness Institute Inc.
Stories From the Heart
More Time With Dad

In the summer of 2016, my Dad was living his best life at the age of 86 year old. His wife had died 2 years earlier and despite missing her, he was living a very independent life. He was able to manage all of the cooking, cleaning, shopping and driving quite well on his own.

It was during one of his quick stops to the local grocery store when his good fortune would change. Without warning, my Dad suddenly collapsed in one of the aisle of the store. Luckily, there were two shoppers who witnessed him fall and recognized his dire situation. His body appeared lifeless and his color was blue. Despite the shoppers efforts at performing CPR, Dad was no longer responsive. Someone asked if the store had an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Ironically, the store had received their first AED the previous day and the only store employee that had been trained to operate the machine was actually working in the store at the time.

The store employee applied the pads and connected the electrodes as trained and the device indicated that a shock was required. After the first shock, a pulse was detected and my Dad’s color began to return.
After my Dad arrived at the hospital, I received a phone call. The hospital emergency room called stating that my Dad’s heart had stopped and that he has been resuscitated. The situation certainly sounded serious if not grim. To my surprise, when I arrived to the hospital my Dad was sitting upright on a hospital gurney with a big smile on his face. He was waving with one hand and holding a chocolate milkshake in the other.
I asked my Dad what happened and he stated, “They tell me I died.” I asked, “Are you hurting?” and he replied “No, but for some reason my chest is a little sore.” He spent the next few days at the hospital and ultimately underwent the implantation of an internal defibrillator. His next year was filled with the challenges of aging, but he was able to live at home and enjoy his grandchildren. He also took a few train rides to see our family in Florida.

My Dad died at home just before his 88 th birthday, on his own terms, with dignity. If it was not for people who knew CPR and had access to an AED, my Dad would have died on the cold floor of aisle two without the dignity that he deserved.
Story Submitted by: Jon, retired Hospice RN
If you would like to share your story with us, please email:
Patient Information
Are You Currently Taking Xarelto?

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has received a small number of reports suggesting lack of efficacy (thromboembolic events) in patients taking 15mg or 20mg Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) on an empty stomach; remind patients to take 15mg or 20mg Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) tablets with food.   Read more

Patient Advisory Panel

Arrhythmia Alliance would like to grant you the exciting opportunity to share your personal insights, ask questions, and list resources that you would find valuable as a patient in your dealings with Atrial Fibrillation, SVT or PSVT.
Do You Have Lifestyle Tips for Living with an Arrhythmia?  

As arrhythmia patients, what tips have helped you manage your condition? We are approached daily by countless patients who feel alone and misunderstood about their condition. Sharing your tips will help other patients better manage.
If you are interested in being apart of the Patient Advisory Panel or would like to offer Lifestyle Tips on the topic of Living with an Arrhythmia,

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