Information & Advice for Arrhythmia Patients
Arrhythmia Alliance has worked with experts to develop information sheets and booklets specifically for children. The booklets cover the basics of how the heart works and how to take a pulse. There are also booklets designed for children for whom an implantable device has been recommended by a clinician. Some resources are aimed at a UK audience. However, we hope to update this page with new US versions shortly.
Did you know that your heart beats 100,000 times a day? Your heart is very special! It makes your blood flow all around the body and lungs. It is inside your body, but you can feel it working, just place your hand on the left side of your chest; can you feel it beating? It continually works, even when we are asleep.
Please click on the picture to download the two-page leaflet "How My Heart Works"
Learn to take your pulse!
Please click on the picture to download the two-page leaflet "Learn To Take Your Pulse"
Bertie needed a pacemaker. If you need a pacemaker too, please read Bertie’s story about why he needed one, how he got one and the difference it made to his life.
Please click on the picture to download a booklet all about "Bertie’s Pacemaker"
Emily needed an ICD. An ICD is an Implantable Cardioverter Defribrillator. If you need an ICD too, please read Emily’s story about why she needed one, how she got one and the difference it made to her life.
Please click on the picture to download a booklet all about "Emily’s ICD"
An AED is an automated external defibrillator. Increasingly, AEDs are being put in public places like stations, community centers and schools. If someone has a cardiac arrest, AEDs can be used by anyone to restart the heart. The more people know about AEDs, the more lives will be saved each year.
Please click on the picture to download "What is an AED?", a booklet on the heart, sudden cardiac arrest and what children need to know about saving lives with CPR and AEDs.
Jane needed an implantable loop recorder (ILR) to help her doctors diagnose a heart rhythm problem that was causing her to fall over. If you need an ILR too, please read Jane’s story about why she needed one, how she got one and what happened next.
Please click on the picture to download a booklet all about "Jane’s ILR"