September e-News
Working together to improve the diagnosis, treatment and
quality of life for all those affected by arrhythmias
Help spread the word about Atrial Fibrillation (AF)!
September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness month. AF is the most common arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm) and causes considerable misery for many people. Our  "Detect, Protect, Correct & Perfect" campaign  aims to easily detect AF with a simple 30-second pulse check preventing  AF-related stroke or heart failure. 

Please click here to learn more about to detect AF and how you can get involved!
HeartFirst Focus

Heart-Healthy Recipe

It is extremely important to choose foods that promote heart health such as kale. Kale contains folate, which may boost memory as well as calcium and potassium which help keep the heart healthy. Please click here to view this delicious Kale and Romaine Chicken Caesar Salad. You can also click here to follow u s for more heart-healthy recipes!

Note: Patients prescribed Warfarin (Coumadin) should keep the amount of Vitamin K in the diet consistent. Review our resource Warfarin and Diet for further information. 
Heart-Healthy Habits
Stroke and heart failure could result from Atrial Fibrillation (AF). It is critical that those with AF find ways to reduce their chances of health complications.
Below are ways to add healthy lifestyle changes to your routine
that will boost optimal health.
Eat a heart-healthy diet.
"A healthy diet helps prevent obesity, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar, which are all factors that can make atrial fibrillation worse."

Make it a low-salt diet, too. 
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommends the  DASH eating plan  for people with atrial fibrillation. The plan is much lower in salt than the average American diet, so ask your doctor about salt substitutes and how much salt you can have in your diet. You can find out more about DASH at DashDiet.org .

Exercise regularly.
"Exercise, like diet, protects the heart from atrial fibrillation risk factors like high blood sugar and high blood pressure. Physical activity helps increase your heart strength and gets oxygen into your blood."

Quit smoking. 
"Smoking, in addition to secondhand smoke, increases your risk for atrial fibrillation attacks because nicotine stimulates the heart."

Drink alcohol with caution. 
"Alcohol is toxic to the heart. Binge drinking can cause atrial fibrillation, and drinking above moderation can cause an attack in someone who has a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation."

Avoid stress. 
"Stress is bad for your heart and bad for atrial fibrillation. Not only can stress trigger an attack of atrial fibrillation, but it can also make it worse. Try to identify and avoid stress whenever possible."

For more information, click here
(Source: Everyday Health, Inc. 2019)
The Community Corner
WomenHeart Savannah

WomenHeart Savannah Heart Sisters and Guests thoroughly enjoyed a delightful evening together on the Third Annual WomenHeart Boat Trip provided by Bull River Cruises. Pictured to the right are the women who shared their stories and missions about women's health and wellness: (Front L to R) Jennifer Graham - Communications Coordinator at the Arrhythmia Alliance, Lizann Roberts & Edna Jackson - WomenHeart Champions, (Back L to R) Tina Brown - WomenHeart Sister, Murem Sharpe - WomenHeart Champion, and Elaine Fox - LIVESTRONG Program Leader at the Habersham YMCA.
Highlights from touchCARDIO
ESC Video Highlights
touchCARDIO now has congress video highlights and expert interviews,
fresh from ESC 2019!

They have interviewed a range of fantastic speakers at this year’s ESC Congress in Paris, France on a wide range of topics, including the use of radiofrequency treatment for atrial fibrillation with Dr Jose Merino , the follow up from the MITRA-FR trial with Professor Jean-François Obadia and exciting new results from Dr Benedikt Schrage on implantable cardioverter defibrillators and mortality in patients with heart failure . See the full range of videos, as well as our brief highlights of ESC 2019, here . Don’t forget to also check out the rest of our articles, videos and insight content, all available from touchCARDIO.com .
Stories From the Heart
Honoring A Beautiful Life
In 1998 Tony, complained of chest pain. Since his father passed away suddenly due to a heart episode at age 50, hearing the words chest pain really grabbed my attention. When the cardiologist came to see Tony, he casually stated that Tony was not having a heart attack, which provided a temporary feeling of relief for us both. However, he went on to explain that Tony had... Read More

Story submitted by: Cathy, The Love of Tony's Life.
Tony's life could have potentially been saved with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

If you would like to help save lives and support the placement of public AEDs
through our  Defibs Save Lives campaign please:


Alternatively, please mail checks to:
Arrhythmia Alliance, PO Box 5507, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938
Patient Information
Alivecor discontinues KardiaBand

Many people have found the KardiaBand to be very helpful in the management of their atrial fibrillation. However, following the release of the Apple Watch 4 and the features being included, Alivecor has decided to discontinue the strap.

AliveCor's website was updated to state that Smart Rhythm was discontinued "due to changes beyond our control in the Apple Watch operating system, which caused Smart Rhythm to perform below our quality standards." KardiaBands will continue to work, but replacement elements will not be available . For more information, please click here.

Take a 6-lead EKG outside of the
doctor’s office anytime, anywhere.

KardiaMobile has introduced the only FDA-cleared personal 6-lead EKG.  

Never before has more heart health information been available at your fingertips. Share detailed 6-lead EKGs with your doctor for a better view of your heart. And help your doctor provide you with even better care. Read more.
AF Association Global AF Aware Week is an annual awareness week held the third week of November! Please click below support the detection of Atrial Fibrillation (AF):

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World Heart Day
Sunday 29 th September

Sunday 6 th - Wednesday 9 th October

World Heart Rhythm Week 2020
Monday 1 st - Sunday 7 th June
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