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Wednesday 18 June 2014
Learn about changes to the role of anticoagulation in the management of AF-related stroke, as outlined in today's NICE clinical guideline on the management of AF.
GRASP the Initiative Action Plan
2 September 2014: The GRASP-AF tool was designed to support GPs audit their management of AF patients and help identify patients who had presented to their GP, but had not yet been recorded as having AF.
The number of GP practices using the GRASP-AF tool has now reached more than 2,600.
This newly launched Action Plan builds on the original GRASP the Initiative report launched by AF Association in October 2012, identifying some of the steps that professionals working in primary care can take after running the GRASP-AF tool in order to optimise the treatment of people with AF registered in their Practice.
Gallacher toasts life year after heart attack
heraldscotland.com, 25 August 2014
Golfing legend Bernard Gallacher will toast a year of good health this week after suffering a life-threatening cardiac arrest.
Devastated wife tells how her husband died of a heart attack on Southwest Airlines flight after attendant refused to use a defibrillator on him because 'his chest was too hairy'
mailonline.co.uk, 31 August 2014
A Southwest Airlines flight attendant allegedly initially refused to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) on a passenger due to his chest hair.
Super-fit Shaun, 19, saved by defibrillator
edinburghnews.scotsman.com, 28 August 2014
A TEENAGE sports fanatic has told how he almost died when he collapsed while cycling through Edinburgh.
Bristol paediatric heart event
M Shed, Bristol, 28 September 2014, 11am-4pm
The paediatric cardiology team at University Hospitals Bristol are holding their fifth annual 'Up the Pace' event for families of children with ICDs or pacemakers.
The day will include interactive workshops and sessions, with families split up into three groups: adults, teens 12-18 years and children 5-11 years.
Email Stella for more information and confirm your free place.
Student's heart research finding 'could be lifesaving'
news.bbc.co.uk, 20 August 2014
An 18-year-old student has made a scientific breakthrough that could help save the lives of black athletes with undiagnosed heart problems.
Highland distillery backs golf star’s campaign
pressandjournal.co.uk, 19 August 2014
A Highland distillery is supporting a campaign started by a leading golfer whose life was saved by a defibrillator after he had a heart attack.
Support education around atrial fibrillation (AF) and AF-related stroke prevention
AF Association, August 2014
Are you diagnosed with AF and currently being treated with an anticoagulant? If you live in the UK, and are happy to share your story and film an account, we would love to hear from you. Films will be shared on the AF Association charity website to help other AF patients and their carers decide the treatment options and medications which are right for them.
Email Vicki for further information
Research participants needed for study into survivors of sudden cardiac arrest
Middlesex University, August 2014
A research study, which aims to explore outlook and emotional wellbeing of people who live years after surviving sudden cardiac arrest.
Learn more and take part
Heart patients to be given placebo by paramedics in controversial trial
telegraph.co.uk, 12 August 2014
Paramedics will give patients whose heart has stopped a dummy drug as part of an 'ethically questionable' study into whether adrenalin works in resuscitation or not, it has emerged.
Take part in research study on AF
VISUALizE (Visualizing Uncertainty Among Laypersons and Experts), is a European wide study seeking to improve understanding of treatment decision making and monitoring of medicines which need to be considered in light of a 'benefit-risk balance'.
Ultra endurance exercise can cause irregular heart rhythms
cbc.ca, 8 August 2014
Toronto researcher looks at impact of intensive endurance activity on heart structure, function and rhythm
Learn how to use defibrillator and save lives
edinburghnews.scotsman.com, 30 July 2014
Without really noticing it, every day we’re surrounded by kit that can help keep us safe if the worst should happen.
Kettering General Hospital granted over £300,000 to expand cardiac rehabilitation services
itv.com, 29 July 2014
More than 300 additional cardiac patients are expected to benefit from the funding each year.
Christina Gabbitas to run ten 10k races in aid of Arrhythmia Alliance
yorkpress.co.uk, 17 July 2014
A POET and author from Selby is running ten 10km races in ten months to support Arrhythmia Alliance.
Kids have Fab football time
macclesfield-express.co.uk, 15 July 2014
Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Muamba, who ‘died’ for 78 minutes during an FA Cup tie, visited Adlington Primary School.
Tom's new tiny pacemaker
MailOnline.co.uk, 14 July 2014
More than 40,000 people a year in England are fitted with pacemakers to regulate their heartbeat, and many could benefit from a new wire-free device put inside the heart. Tom Perris, 21, a student from Totton, Hampshire, was one of the first two British patients to have it implanted.
Miracle footballer Fabrice Muamba ''still got it'' as he blitzes fellow dads in school sports day race
mirror.co.uk, 11 July 2014
Proud wife Shauna tweeted a snap of the race won by the former Bolton midfielder, who “died” for 78 minutes on the pitch in 2012.
Shearer support for choice of 'static site'
morpethherald.co.uk, 15 July 2014
Ponteland Leisure Centre has netted a life-saving machine.
Kiss of life: Teen saves new boyfriend who had a sudden cardiac arrest on their first date
express.co.uk, 11 July 2014
A BEAUTY student saved the life of her new boyfriend when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on their first date - by giving him the kiss of life.
Defibrillators at Southampton university 'will save lives'
itv.com, 7 July 2014
Ten potentially life saving defibrillators will be placed around campuses at the University of Southampton for students, staff and members of the public to use if someone goes into cardiac arrest.
6,000 more patients with dangerous heart conditions to get built-in defibrillators
MailOnline.co.uk, 5 July 2014
More patients with potentially fatal heart conditions can now have internal defibrillators due to new guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Paramedic shows CPR method which saved cricketer
itv.com, 4 July 2014
After a cricketer was saved by other players when he suffered a heart attack on the pitch in Nottinghamshire, this demonstration from the East Midlands Ambulance service shows exactly how to do the same.
Golfers take defibrillator cause to heart
fifetoday.co.uk, 2 July 2014
Leven’s twin golf clubs are driving ahead with a new venture to help save lives at one of the town’s best known sporting venues.
Arrhythmia Alliance anniversary event
10th Anniversary of Arrhythmia Alliance. Dot Medical Staff attended the 10th Anniversary of the formation of Arrhythmia Alliance held at the Houses of Parliament. There were inspiring speeches from Fabrice Muamba, who was famously resuscitated on the football field and is now an active proponent of Arrhythmia Alliance, Professor John Camm, Trudie Lobban MBE, and Professor Richard Schilling.
Muamba no.5: Fabrice's wife cooks up range of five Caribbean sauces for Hearts & Goals campaign
mancunianmatters.co.uk, 27 June 2014
Fabrice Muamba used to dribble across the field before his on-pitch cardiac arrest in 2012, but now his wife is ensuring the fans keep salivating thanks to her own range of Caribbean cooking sauces.
Scottish golfer putts Scholars Gate on the leaderboard in St Andrews
whathouse.co.uk, 7 July 2014
Recently, Scottish golfing legend and supporter of Arrhythmia Alliance, Bernard Gallacher OBE opened McCarthy & Stone's retirement development, Scholars Gate in St Andrews, by putting a ‘hole-in-one' in the grounds of the development.
Updated NICE guidance increases access to implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) for patients at risk of cardiac arrest or with heart failure
Arrhythmia Alliance, 25 June 2014, UK: Arrhythmia Alliance, the only UK charity dedicated to heart rhythm disorders, welcomes the release of new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in patients with arrhythmias in the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) at risk of sudden cardiac arrest and/or ICDs and cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) in patients living with heart failure due to a severe reduction in heart function.
Fabrice Muamba's wife backs Royal Bolton's bid to become 'super hospital'
boltonnews.co.uk, 24 June 2014
MIRACLE man Fabrice Muamba is often looked upon as a poster boy for the life-saving benefits of specialist hospitals.
Women Helped by CRT More Than Men
medpagetoday.com, 23 June 2014
Among patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB) and mild heart failure, women derive a benefit from cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) at shorter QRS durations compared with men, an FDA analysis showed.
New pacemaker that imitates real heart could transform patients' lives
telegraph.co.uk, 23 June 2014
A pacemaker that matches the heart beat to variations in breathing is being developed.
Praise for heart treatment advice that could affect thousands of West Norfolk patients
lynnnews.co.uk, 18 June 2014
New treatment guidelines, which could affect thousands of people living with a common heart problem in West Norfolk, have been welcomed by a senior consultant.
United call for improved implementation of NICE guidance
RCP London, 18 June 2014
“Management of atrial fibrillation (AF) remains lamentable with far too many people having strokes because they have not been adequately treated either to get them back into a normal rhythm or to anticoagulate them.” Professor Tony Rudd, chair of the Intercollegiate Working Party for Stroke said today.
Aspirin could be the wrong drug for thousands of heart patients
femalefirst.co.uk, 18 June 2014
Aspirin should no longer be used to try to prevent strokes in people with a common heart rhythm disorder, according to new guidelines.
Miracle footballer Fabrice Muamba and wife Shauna launch Caribbean sauce range
Manchester Evening News, 18 June 2014
Shauna's cooking is already popular with Fabrice's footballer friends and now we can all sample Mrs Muamba's sauces.
Poorly understood disorder handicaps young women
health24.com, 18 June 2014
Postural tachycardia syndrome causes a racing heartbeat when people stand up and occurs mainly in young well-educated women.
Atrial fibrillation and aspirin
saga.co.uk, 17 June 2014
Aspirin not ideal for preventing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.
GPs to stop prescribing aspirin for atrial fibrillation
news.sky.com, 15 June 2014
New guidelines for doctors will recommend that aspirin should not be given to patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation.
Corrie's Liz Dawn on 'life with a pacemaker'
dailyrecord.co.uk, 12 June 2014
THE Corrie star, 74, had a pacemaker fitted last year after suffering a heart attack whilst on holiday and also admits that she still misses her co-star Bill Tarmey who died following a heart attack.
Investigative equipment used to help diagnose injuries from complex falls in the elderly will be axed at Solihull Hospital
solihullobserver.co.uk, 12 June 2014
The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed the Tilt Table and Syncope Service is set to move to Heartlands Hospital in a bid to 'provide a better standard of care and a more robust service for all of our patients'.
Campaign for life-saving equipment around Harrogate
harrogateadvertiser.co.uk, 11 June 2014
The UK’s biggest killer is being targeted by a Harrogate woman whose husband suffered sudden cardiac arrest while sleeping.
World's smallest pacemaker fitted by Southampton's heart care team
dailyecho.co.uk, 9 June 2014
SOUTHAMPTON heart experts have successfully implanted the world's smallest pacemaker in a patient.
Anticoagulants could have reduced stroke risk
telegraph.co.uk, 9 June 2014
A hospital doctor was shocked that a woman with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation and who had had a stroke was not prescribed warfarin.
Aspirin won't stop strokes, say experts - but GPs will still be paid to give it out
MailOnline, 8 June 2014
Doctors are being told to stop giving aspirin to patients who have a common heart condition that carries a high risk of stroke – as the drug doesn’t work.
Fabrice Muamba's wife Shauna launches Mrs Muamba's Caribbean Sauces
theboltonnews.co.uk, 9 June 2014
WHEN Shauna Muamba made food for husband Fabrice to take to away games, it soon caught the attention of his Bolton Wanderers team-mates
Newburgh golfers place defibrillator under the Bernard Gallacher Defibrillator Campaign
inverurieherald.co.uk, 10 June 2014
Newburgh-on-Ythan Golf Club has been donated potentially life-saving equipment.
Tiny lifeline, the wireless pacemaker that's just an inch long: Tablet-sized device is placed inside the heart in operations described as 'milestone moment'
MailOnline.co.uk, 9 June 2014
Wire-free pacemakers the size of a pill have been fitted in British patients for the first time.
'World's smallest' pacemaker
news.bbc.co.uk, 9 June 2014
This new technology has several potential advantages: Most important is the absence of a wire or lead which carries the electrical impulse from conventional pacemakers to the heart. These wires can come under immense pressure and can be a source of complications.
New pacemaker 'a big step forward'
belfasttelegraph.co.uk, 9 June 2014
A pacemaker the size of a pill has been fitted inside the heart of a UK patient in a revolutionary new operation.
Special report: Defibrillators in schools
sec-ed.co.uk, 5 June 2014
Plans to help schools buy defibrillator machines at a lower cost have been broadly welcomed. Editor of the British Journal of School Nursing, Caroline Voogd, looks at the implications.
6,000 living with a heart timebomb
thetelegraphandargus.co.uk, 4 June 2014
A ground-breaking project leading to fewer strokes is being rolled out by more than 60 GP practices across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.
Defibrillator garment detects and corrects abnormal heartbeat
theengineer.co.uk, 4 June 2014
Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students have designed a lightweight, easy-to-conceal shirt-like garment to deliver life-saving shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems.
Donation helps South Tyneside District Hospital buy equipment to diagnose arrhythmias
shieldsgazette.com, 26 May 2014
VOLUNTEERS have donated £10,000 to buy essential equipment to help diagnose heart problems in South Tyneside.
Arrhythmia Alliance nominated as PR agency's charity of the year
leicestermercury.co.uk, 8 May 2014
A company is helping a heart charity expand its lifesaving work.
MRI helps ID heart risk in scleroderma
medpagetoday.com, 6 May 2014
LIVERPOOL -- Cardiac MRI could help provide diagnostic information about potential arrhythmogenic events among patients with scleroderma being considered for implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), a researcher said here.
Blood-thinning drugs to cut strokes
Raconteur.net, May 2014
Thousands of patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation could avoid strokes with access to the right treatments.
Family of John Clayton hold special charity fundraising football match in his memory
gazettelive.co.uk, 3 May 2014
Family of John Clayton hold special charity fundraising football match in his memory
Football and family fun day aims to raise funds for heart charity
thenorthernecho.co.uk, 6 May 2014
THE family of a popular Billingham man, who died from a sudden cardiac arrest after playing football, are holding a fundraising match and family fun day in his honour this weekend.
Deal to provide life-saving defibrillators to schools
gov.uk, 30th April 2014
The Department for Education announces a plan to allow schools to purchase defibrillators at a lower cost.
Quick thinking dentist's receptionist saves patient's life
itv.com, 30 April 2014
Charlotte Anderson-Hughes used a defibrillator on patient Simon Walker from Hyde when he collapsed in the MIDHS dental practice in Mossley. When it became clear the ambulance was not going to arrive in time Charlotte and dentist Chandra Metha started CPR.
New hospital to be built in Cambridge
gov.uk, 1 May 2014
Papworth hospital, a leading specialist heart and lung hospital, will move from its current location outside Cambridge onto the Addenbrooke’s hospital site in the city.
Portable defibrillator gift brings brave Cheadle girl Joanna Howard peace of mind
stokesentinel.co.uk, 28 April 2014
TEN-YEAR-OLD Joanna Howard has been given a portable defibrillator after being diagnosed with a condition that means she could have a heart attack at almost any moment.
Mail campaigns for all gyms to install 'lifesaving' defibrillators
burtonmail.co.uk, 28 April 2014
THE family of a man left brain damaged and fighting for his life after suffering a heart attack have backed the Mail’s campaign to have defibrillators installed in every gym in Burton and South Derbyshire.
Hospital at the forefront of cardiac monitoring technology
blackmorevale.co.uk, 15 April 2014
Cardiac specialists at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital can now monitor patients who suffer from blackouts or irregular heartbeats via state-of-the-art devices that can be inserted in just 45 seconds, with no need for surgery.
Village safer thanks to defibrillator campaign
cotswoldjournal.co.uk, 14 April 2014
A VILLAGE near Moreton is now safer in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest thanks to a dedicated resident.
Painkillers linked to higher risk of AF-related stroke
telegraph.co.uk, 9 April 2014
Irregular heart rhythm can lead to more serious problems including stroke, heart failure and reduced life expectancy.
Landmark study evaluates use of AliveCor Heart Monitor in community screening for atrial fibrillation
imedicalapps.com, 4 April 2014
Researchers in Sydney, Australia published a landmark study, the SEARCH-AF trial, this week in which the AliveCor Heart Monitor, a single lead ECG device built into an iPhone case, was used to screen 1,000 patients in community pharmacies for atrial fibrillation.
IAPO 6th Global Patients' Congress
Arrhythmia Alliance thanks Rosemary Najim for attending the 6th Global Patients Congress on our behalf. You can read her write up of the Congress below.
Heart rhythm patients invited to Cheltenham support group
gloucestershireecho.co.uk, 3 April 2014
Patients have been invited to find out more about heart rhythm disorders at a Cheltenham support group.
Job Vacancy: Senior Associate, Projects & Communications
Our sister charity, AF Association, is currently recruiting for a Senior Projects & Communications Associate.
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Job Vacancy: Associate, Projects & Communications
Our sister charity, AF Association, is currently recruiting for a Projects & Communications Associate.
Download job specification
Consultation on advertising of e-cigarettes: Closing date 28 April
The Committee of Advertising Practice and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice, the organisations which create the rules for advertising and marketing in the UK, are consulting on the creation of new specific rules intended to cover the interim period ahead of the UK implementation of the measures in the EU Tobacco Products Directive, due to come into effect around May 2016.
Thatcham hearts in good hands after groups fund town defibrillator
newburytoday.co.uk, 11 March 2014
PEOPLE using Thatcham town centre for shopping and leisure can be reassured that new lifesaving equipment has been installed in the town centre.
Dallas Stars ice hockey player Rich Peverley collapses on the bench with cardiac arrest during first period
mailonline.co.uk, 11 March 2014
Dallas Star forward Rich Peverley fell unconscious after collapsing on the bench at last night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
New type of ICD implanted at Blackpool Victoria Hospital
blackpoolgazette.co.uk, 11 March 2014
Heart surgeons at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are using a new type of defibrillator, placed under the skin, to help treat irregular heart beats.
PE teacher being inteviewed for job saves life of teenager who had heart attack at Mountbatten School in Romsey
dailyecho.co.uk, 10 March 2014
IT WASN’T quite the test she was expecting when she was interviewed for a top job at a Hampshire school.
Cardiac Arrest: What should you do?
itv.com, 6 March 2014
About 103,000 people suffer from heart attacks in the UK each year and to try and, in a bit to try and help people in their area who have them the Windermere First Responders have raised over £5600 to install four life-saving defibrillators around their area.
AliveCor launches expert ECG analysis service
Users in the UK and Ireland now have the opportunity to receive analysis of their heart health from UK-based cardiac physiologists in 24 hours via their mobile devices.
Patients can continue to share their ECG recordings for analysis with either their own doctor via email or through AliveCor’s free Provider Dashboard.
Cardiac first at East Kent Hospitals
ekhuft.nhs.uk, 4 March 2014
William Harvey Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital have become one of the first hospitals in the country – and the first in Kent – to implant the smallest cardiac monitoring device available in patients.
Phone diagnoses serious heart problem
lhch.nhs.uk, February 2014
Mike Ward will always be an iPhone fan, after a serious heart problem was diagnosed using his own device.
Fabrice Muamba's wife offers a healthy twist with her cooking sauces range
thegrocer.co.uk, 1 March 2014
Fabrice Muamba’s wife calls on supermarkets to install defibrillators as she launches new Caribbean cooking sauces range.
Dorset County Hospital patients set to benefit from new pacemaker technology
dorsetecho.co.uk, 28 February 2014
CARDIAC patients at Dorset County Hospital are set to benefit from the very latest in pacemaker technology.
A-A Founder and Trustee welcomes new device on BBC Breakfast
5 February 2014: Founder and Trustee of Arrhythmia Alliance, Trudie Lobban MBE FRCP (Edin) appears on BBC Breakfast and welcomes new revolutionary injectable heart monitor for undiagnosed patients.
Mum shares her atrial tachycardia story
coventrytelegraph.net, 27 February 2014
Jodie Sweeney diagnosed with heart condition after years of being told it was down to stress.
A-A welcomes Scottish investment in life-saving equipment for local communities
News Release, 24 February 2014
Arrhythmia Alliance, The Heart Rhythm Charity welcomes news that local communities across Scotland will benefit from a£100,000 investment in public access AEDs (defibrillators) from Scottish Government.
Lifesaving defibrillators should be as 'ubiquitous' as fire extinguishers, doctors say
independent.co.uk, 20 February 2014
Lifesaving defibrillators should be as “ubiquitous” as fire extinguishers, doctors have said, after research in the UK revealed that the machines were on-hand in public spaces for just four per cent of heart attacks.
Support for heart patients
andoveradvertiser.co.uk, 6 February 2014
A NEW local group has been set up for patients with heart rhythm disorders.
Grandmother is first in Britain to have revolutionary new pacemaker
Mail Online, 1 February 2014
A grandmother has become the first patient in Britain to receive a pacemaker that can be fitted in seven minutes.
Funding of £100,000 to boost defibrillator numbers
news.bbc.co.uk, 24 February 2014
Funding of £100,000 has been announced to increase the number of public access defibrillators across Scotland.
Public Health victory as European Parliament backs Tobacco Products Directive
26 February 2014
Arrhythmia Alliance is proud to have supported the successful passing of new EU Tobacco Products Directive.
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Heart-safe efforts may bring award for Arrhythmia Alliance Hearts & Goals campaigner
Redditch Standard, 7 February 2014
A WOMAN who spearheaded Alcester’s bid to become a heart safe town has been nominated for a national award.
Mini heart monitor implant is one of the first in UK
Northern Echo, 5 February 2014
THE James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough has become the first in the UK to implant a new miniature wireless heart monitor.
The AAA pacemaker: It's the size of a small battery and takes just seven minutes to fit
Mail Online, 25 January 2014
The first six British patients have been implanted with a wireless pacemaker – smaller than an AAA battery – that is set to revolutionise the treatment of heart disease.
Debate in parliament on Atrial Fibrillation
Oral Answers to Questions — Health, 14 January 2014
On 14 January 2014 Glyn Davies, MP for Montgomeryshire and Chair of the APGAF, alongside Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield, asked parliament what steps they were taking to promote awareness of atrial fibrillation.
Cardiac arrest footballer Mark Moore from Longlevens reunited with paramedics who saved his life
Gloucestercitizen.co.uk, 18 January 2014
CARDIAC arrest footballer Mark Moore has been reunited with his lifesavers.
Depression Linked To Irregular Heartbeat: Atrial Fibrillation Tied To Intensified Depressive Symptoms
medicaldaily.com, 15 December 2013
Could an irregular heartbeat increase your risk of depression? In a new study, researchers from the University Heart Center in Hamburg have identified a strong link between heart rhythm disorders and symptoms associated with depressive disorder. The findings shed further light on the suggested correlation between cardiovascular and psychiatric events.
Defibrillator on mountain pass near Llangollen could help save lives
newsnorthwales.co.uk, 24 December 2013
A beautyspot has taken delivery of a life-saving defibrillator.
Call to install defibrillators at all sports venues
Edinburgh Evening News, 26 December 2013
CALLS are mounting for life-saving heart equipment to be installed at all community and sporting facilities in Scotland in the wake of the tragic death of a teenage footballer.
Tributes after two young Edinburgh footballers die
Edinburgh Evening News, 23 December 2013
Tributes have been paid to two teenage football stars who have died in separate tragedies on the same day.
Founder & Trustee elected as FRCP Edin Fellow
Arrhythmia Alliance, 19 December 2013
We are pleased to announce that our Founder & Trustee, Trudie Lobban MBE, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.The award recognises Trudie’s commitment to improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for all those affected by arrhythmias and syncope.
“I am hugely honoured to be welcomed as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. It is a significant achievement for the Arrhythmia Alliance Group.”
Defibrillation is the key to quick heart reviving relief as figures prove it
BurtonMail.co.uk, 8 December 2013
THROUGH the years I have written many stories about fund-raising activities in a bid to buy defibrillators, and while I knew it was a machine to aid people in CPR, I had never seen one and had never seen one in action.
Patient dies following cardiac arrest after paramedics lose keys to the ambulance
independent.co.uk, 23 November 2013
An elderly patient died after an ambulance crew lost the keys to their vehicle, an NHS report has shown.
Weight loss cuts AF events
medpagetoday.com, 19 November 2013
Patients were able to significantly reduce the impact of atrial fibrillation symptoms if they also were able to lose weight, researchers reported.
Signs of 'sudden' cardiac death may come weeks before: study
Reuters UK, 19 November 2013
Signs of approaching "sudden" cardiac arrest, an electrical malfunction that stops the heart, usually appear at least a month ahead of time, according to a study of middle-age men in Portland, Oregon.
N.S. mom upset over doctors' refusal to take part in study
atlantic.ctvnews.ca, 18 November 2013
A woman whose daughter died over six years ago from a treatable heart arrhythmia – a condition misdiagnosed by doctors – is speaking out.
Cardiac arrhythmias and diving
Medical information, November 2013
The decision on fitness to dive when individuals have a history of cardiac arrhythmia (or evidence which suggests predisposition to such arrhythmias, e.g. Wolff-Parkinson-White or Long QT syndromes) must take account of the nature of the arrhythmia (e.g. rate, site of origin, probability of degeneration into a more serious arrhythmia), the frequency and effects of attacks, the presence of associated or causative cardiovascular or non-cardiac diseases, the treatment used and the success of treatment.
'Regular brushing protects against strokes and heart attacks'
express.co.uk, 8 November 2013
REGULARLY brushing your teeth can prevent the clogging of arteries that may lead to heart attacks and strokes, scientists have said.
Drive to buy defibrillator after seven-year-old boy suffers cardiac arrest
hertfordshiremercury.co.uk, 7 November 2013
THE mum of a young boy who was brought back to life after having a sudden cardiac arrest has supported his primary school’s drive to buy a defibrillator.
Forward thinking surgery carries out important heart screening
cumbriacrack.com, 28 October 2013
Castlegate Surgery in Cockermouth has been using the annual flu clinics as an opportunity to screen people for atrial fibrillation (AF).
Pacemakers won't hinder MRI scans anymore
newsindianexpress.com, 19 October 2013
Biotronik, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, launched world’s ‘most advanced’ artificial pacemaker series recently.
Coronation Street's Liz Dawn encourages others to get help after having pacemaker fitted three weeks ago
Mail Online, 15 October 2013
Coronation Street legend Liz Dawn has spoken about her recent surgery after having a heart attack earlier this year, admitting that she thought she was going to die.
CPR training can drastically increase survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest sufferers, explains MEP
theparliament.com, 14 October 2013
CPR and defibrillation, if adminsistered quickly, can increase the chances of surviving cardiac arrest to 50 per cent, which is why training is important, says Antigoni Papadopoulou.
New pacemaker doesn't need surgery
skynews.com.au, 14 October 2013
The world's first leadless pacemaker is being introduced into the UK.
Devoted dog owner's crowdfunding appeal for pacemaker
getsurrey.co.uk, 3 October 2013
"Incredibly kind people" donate more than £4,300 in four days to fund life-saving operation for much-loved dog with fatal heart condition
Fast action saved man's life after cardiac arrest
A MAN whose life was saved by two first aiders after he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest is backing a campaign for more defibrillators in public places.
Arrhythmia Alliance donates AED to Maerdy, Rhondda as part of Hearts & Goals campaign
A community in South Wales is now protected with a lifesaving defibrillator thanks to a donation from a charity running a high profile campaign.
'If I get too stressed I could collapse and die': Waddon teen raises awareness of rare heart condition
croydonguardian.co.uk, 19 September 2013
Teen diagnosed with genetic disorder Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPVT), after collapsing regularly from the age of nine.
Me and my operation: The deep-freeze operation to fix a dicky heartbeat
MailOnline.co.uk, 17 September 2013
Surgery to treat atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm problem, often has to be repeated. A new approach may avoid this and can help even long-term cases.
Harrogate heart attack victim completes 26-mile marathon walk
The Northern Echo, 16 September 2013
A WOMAN who collapsed with a sudden cardiac arrest at a Take That concert has completed a marathon walk just two years later.
How checking your pulse through your FINGER could detect risk of heart disease
MailOnline.co.uk, 7 September 2013
Checking the pulse in the finger could predict risk of heart disease, according to a study.
Study: New implanted defibrillator works well without touching heart
abc15.com, 12 September 2013
A new type of defibrillator implanted under the skin can detect dangerously abnormal heart rhythms and deliver shocks to restore a normal heartbeat without wires touching the heart, according to research in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation.
Medicines optimisation short clinical guideline: apply to be a member of the guideline development group
9 September 2013
NICE is currently seeking to recruit members of a guideline development group (GDG) for the production of a NICE short clinical guideline on medicines optimisation.
The members of the GDG will comprise of healthcare professionals and others working in the NHS and social care, key stakeholders, patients, carers and academia. Members do not represent their organisations but are selected for their expertise, experience of working with multidisciplinary and lay colleagues, and their understanding of evidence based healthcare and the systems and processes associated with healthcare decision-making.
Deadline for applications: Monday 7 October
Thousands of 'well-dressed' women dying from strokes as doctors think they look healthy
telegraph.co.uk, 3 September 2013
Cardiologists said too many doctors are missing crucial signs of heart problems in women because many of those at risk were well-groomed and looked healthy.
With or without AF, risk of first stroke rises with risk-factor prevalence
theheart.org, 31 August 2013
Amsterdam, the Netherlands - As the number of ischemic-stroke risk factors goes up in persons without a history of stroke or atrial fibrillation (AF), so does the risk of stroke—so much so that with at least three risk factors, the stroke risk rises to rival that in patients with AF, suggests an analysis of more than four million persons in healthcare registries across Denmark.
Pacemaker for slow heart rhythm restores life expectancy
medicalxpress.com, 2 September 2013
Pacemakers implanted for slow heart rhythm restore life expectancy to normal levels, reveals research presented at ESC Congress 2013 today by Dr Erik O. Udo from the Netherlands. The findings provide a new reference point for the prognosis of modern pacemaker patients.
Stafford woman campaigns for map of life saving defibrillators in Stafford Borough
Staffordshire Newsletter, 30 August 2013
A STAFFORD woman who was brought back from the dead after having a cardiac arrest has bought a defibrillator for the town centre.
Scientists shine a light on irregular heart beats
news.cnet.com, 28 August 2013
Biomedical engineers out of Johns Hopkins and Stony Brook say gentle beams of light -- instead of electric jolts -- could be used to treat arrhythmias in the near future.
DIY blood test could be a life-saver
Daily Telegraph, 25 August 2013
Every couple of weeks, Rob Cleaton pricks his finger, applies the blood to a test strip and waits for a gadget the size of a smartphone to tell him how “thick” his blood is. If his blood clots too easily, it could cause a stroke. If it is too thin, he could experience excess bleeding, even from a small cut.
Family scarred by heart rhythm disorder
nzherald.co.nz, 22 August 2013
Caleb Hutchinson-Brown was born into an extended family scarred by inherited heart disease.
Healthy advice on Tadcaster buses
Tadcaster News, 15 August 2013
Bus passengers in the Tadcaster area are set to learn a lifesaving message after a travel company agreed to have posters supporting a campaign fronted by formed England footballer Fabrice Muamba on board its buses.
After losing her Dad, Charlotte runs to be a life-saver on the streets
Camden New Journal, 15 August 2013
An anaesthetist who lost her father to a sudden cardiac arrest, is fundraising to buy Camden a publicly accessible life-saving defibrillator in his memory.
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Sir David Attenborough: Pacemaker will not slow me down
mirror.co.uk, 16 August 2013
He vowed to continue making documentaries, insisting the operation had inspired him to keep going.
Experts call for pitch-side lifesaving kit worldwide in light of Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest
Manchestereveningnews.co.uk, 12 August 2013
The ex-Bolton Wanderers midfielder was effectively dead for more than an hour when he collapsed following a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match last year.
Fern Britton on hand for launch of public-access AED in St Eval
9 August 2013
TV personality Fern Britton was on hand at the Cornish village of St Eval for the launch of a Hearts & Goals public-access AED at