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Supplementary Material for: Importance and Assessment of Quality of Life in Symptomatic Permanent Atrial Fibrillation: Patient Focus Groups from the RATE-AF Trial

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September 27, 2017- Arrhythmia Alliance, a leading US heart rhythm not-for-profit organization has today launched a National ‘Know Your Pulse’ campaign as part of National Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Awareness month.

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On Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, Blufftemberfest will return to the Oyster Factory Park from 2-8 p.m. with live music, an art and craft village and food court full of delicious eats! There will be live music, as well as face painting, arts and crafts and water sports. A part of the Bluffton Sunset Party Series, Blufftemberfest welcomes the community to celebrate local foods, vendors, craft beer and homegrown music in a kid and pet friendly environment. Tickets for the Bluffton Sunset Parties are $5 “at the door,” while children 12 and under get in for FREE. Everyone is welcome. Come by boat, bike, or golf cart. Lawn chairs and leashed pets are permitted, but no outside food or drinks will be allowed. For more information about Blufftemberfest, go to or call Bear Foot Sports at (843) 757-8520.

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Spot the nearest AED… you could save someone’s life!

Did you know there are 56 automated external defibrillators (AED) across McGill’s two campuses? AEDs are used when someone’s heart goes into what is called fibrillation, which consists of rapid irregular contractions of the heart muscle fibers that result in a lack of synchronism between the person’s heartbeat and pulse. This can cause blood to stop flowing and lead to sudden cardiac arrest. An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm or, in the case of cardiac arrest, get the heart beating again.

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