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'I thought I was going to die': James Taylor recalls the day he discovered his potentially fatal, career-ending heart condition

Daily Mail, 2 May 2016

‘My heart was going wild in my chest,’ said the England batsman cruelly forced to retire at the peak of his powers. ‘It felt very different to usual. I was completely wet through and the sweat was hitting the ground.

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Shady the cat gets his own life-saving PACEMAKER to battle slow heart rate in ultra-rare £3,500 operation

Daily Mail, 28 April 2016

A cat who faced total heart failure has been given his own life-saving pacemaker in an incredibly rare operation.

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Tesco now HeartSafe with 900 defibrillators installed in their stores

Arrhythmia Alliance, 25 April 2016

Arrhythmia Alliance is pleased to announce that every Tesco shopper is now HeartSafe with the placement of over 900 automated external defibrillators in stores across the UK, supported by the Defibs Save Lives campaign.

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Army captain, 31, who served in Afghanistan dies after collapsing three miles from finish line of the London marathon

Daily Mail, 24 April 2016

David Seath, 31, collapsed in front of spectators after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest at the 23-mile mark in Upper Thames Street, near Cannon Street station, yesterday lunchtime.

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Middlesbrough doctors fit woman with wireless pacemaker

BBC News, 22 April 2016

Doctors say Joan Smith, 71, is one of the first patients outside of clinical trials to be fitted with the revolutionary device.

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‘My husband saved my life’ - Norwich woman’s gratitude to her hero after cardiac arrest

Eastern Daily Press, 21 April 2016

She went to bed as normal at the family home in Freshers Mews, Norwich, but awoke in the early hours with irregular breathing and a racing heartbeat before losing consciousness.

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Exploding the myths of CPR: Forget about mouth-to-mouth, do 120 hard fast pushes to the chest - and you cannot be sued if you break a patient's ribs

Daily Mail, 20 April 2016

It's a modern quandary: someone near you collapses suddenly and becomes unresponsive and stops breathing. What do you do?

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New mother died of sudden adult death syndrome just TWO DAYS after giving birth to her son

Daily Mail, 20 April 2016

A mother who died in hospital two days after giving birth was killed by sudden adult death syndrome (SADS), an inquest has heard.

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Bristol Children's Hospital first in UK to install new system to treat heart defects

Bristol Post, 19 April 2016

Bristol Children's Hospital installed the CartoUnivu system at the beginning of this year. Since then around 25 youngsters have benefited from the imaging technology which treats children with abnormal heart rhythms.

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DR ELLIE CANON: Heart disease in the young is tragic...but rare

Daily Mail, 16 April 2016

Heart disease is not something people usually give much thought to until middle age, which is when most cases occur. But serious cardiac conditions can strike the young and seemingly healthy.

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What is ARVC, the disease that ended James Taylor's career, and what other sportsmen have been affected?

Telegraph, 12 April 2016

Nottinghamshire and England batsman James Taylor has been forced to retire from cricket after scans revealed that suffers from a heart condition called  Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (AVRC), the same disease that caused former footballer Fabrice Muamba to retire in 2012.

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James Taylor: England & Nottinghamshire batsman forced to retire

BBC News, 12 April 2016

England and Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor has been forced to retire because of a serious heart condition.

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Wimbledon Health Partners Applauds 60 Minutes Sports for Focus on Sudden Cardiac Arrest—the Leading Cause of Death in Young Athletes

BenZinga, 6 April 2016

Young athletes are dying from undetected cardiac abnormalities, and relying on pre-participation physical evaluations and symptoms that oftentimes do not exist is not working to help save these lives. Wimbledon Athletics' cardiac testing is needed on a national scale to help minimize sudden cardiac death among these young athletes.

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FDA approves first leadless pacemaker to treat heart rhythm disorders

FDA, 6 April 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first pacemaker that does not require the use of wired leads to provide an electrical connection between the pulse-generating device and the heart. While the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System works like other pacemakers to regulate heart rate, the self-contained, inch-long device is implanted directly in the right ventricle chamber of the heart.

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Boy, 7, who laughed at the 'cow noises' his mother was making as she suffered a heart attack in bed saved her life because his hysterics woke up his father

Daily Mail, 6 April 2016

It was an incident that could have had a tragic ending but thanks to Jo Mannering’s seven-year-old son her husband was able to immediately call for help.

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Vitamin D supplement may boost heart function

Boots, 5 April 2016

Taking a daily dose of vitamin D may improve heart function in people diagnosed with heart failure, according to a UK study.

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Mother and two daughters suffer from a rare heart condition that means even the slightest shock from a phone or alarm could kill them

Daily Mail, 3 April

Mother Lisa Mitchell, 28, suffers from a rare cardiac disease that means her heart could stop beating if she is shocked or startled. The hereditary condition, known as Long QT syndrome, is believed to be responsible for the mysterious death of her grandfather Alex Mitchell, who became known as the 'man who died laughing' when he collapsed during an episode of The Goodies in 1975.

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Is It Sudden Cardiac Arrest or Heart Attack? They’re Not the Same.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, 1 April 2016

Did you think sudden cardiac arrest and heart attack are the same thing? They’re not. But most still mistakenly believe they’re one and the same. We even see the confusion play out in the mass media and popular TV and films every day. If more people understood the difference, thousands of lives could be saved each year. So, we at the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation recently collaborated with Mediaplanet and USA Today to publish a special feature on the Future of Personal Health that illustrates the two conditions, how they can sometimes be related, and the critical steps for both prevention and treatment.

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Would YOU know you were having a heart attack? Warning signs can vary wildly between men and women

Daily Mail, 29 March 2016

If you think of someone having a heart attack, chances are you will picture a scene where a man gasps, clutches his chest and falls to the ground.  But in reality, a heart attack victim could easily be a woman, and the scene not be so dramatic.

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Little 'guardian angels' offered to outpatients at Nuneaton hospital

Nuneaton News, 27 March 2016

Implantable 'little guardian angels' will be offered to outpatients at Nuneaton's hospital.

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CCG pilots smartphone device to reduce stroke risk

Digital Health, 16 March 2016

A pilot project in Hounslow aims to reduce stroke risk among patients with the use of AliveCor, a mobile electrocardiogram recorder that attaches to a smartphone.

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New Kardia™ Band for Apple Watch Delivers Medical-grade Electrocardiogram (EKG) Anytime, Anywhere

AliveCor, 16 March 2016

AliveCor, Inc., the leader in FDA-cleared electrocardiogram (EKG) technology for mobile devices, announced today the introduction of the first medical-grade EKG band for the Apple Watch, Kardia™ Band (pending 510k clearance, expected availability late spring) along with a new app for smartphones (available now). The Kardia Band for Apple Watch, and new Kardia app, represent a significant breakthrough in proactive heart health by allowing people to discretely capture their EKG anytime, anywhere.

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Yoga Beneficial in Atrial Fibrillation Cases, Controls High Blood Pressure

News Everyday, 16 March 2016

You must have heard a good deal about the benefits of regular yoga in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but research has also given it a thumbs-up in curing atrial fibrillation (AF) and high blood pressure.

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EBR Systems Announces First Commercial Implants of WiSE Technology

Business Wire, 8 March 2016

EBR Systems, Inc. today announced the first commercial implants of WiSE Technology, the world’s only wireless endocardial pacing system for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). CRT is a proven therapy that reduces mortality and improves clinical outcomes in people suffering from heart failure. The implants were performed in James Cook University Hospital, UK and Na Homolce Hospital, Czech Republic.

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'Everything is riding on this': Reality star Craig Rowan opens up about the battle that almost robbed him of a life in the Royal Navy

Daily Record, 3 March 2016

He said: “The worry was not being on my own. The worry was my career. On the Thursday, when I was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, that was the end of my career.

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North-East heart failure patients the first in the world to get tiny wireless pacemakers

The Northern Echo, 4 March 2016

A North-East hospital has become the first in the world to fit wireless pacemakers the size of a grain of rice to heart failure patients.

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Managing health: take part in the Twitter chat
Leeds West Clincal Commissioning Group

Members of the public are being invited to join a Twitter discussion from 2pm-3pm on Tuesday 22 March to see how the NHS can help people, and in particular those with long term conditions, manage their health better.

The conversation is being hosted by NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The CCG is looking at ways to improve support available for people, especially those with long term conditions, to manage their health better.

The session will be led by a local GP and a commissioning manager from the CCG. They will be on hand to respond to any thoughts, concerns and questions about their plans to introduce health coaches.

Health coaching aims to give people the knowledge and skills to take control of their long term condition so that they can reach self-identified goals. This approach sees patients being supported by health coaches. Health coaches offer support through regular follow-ups so that people have the tools needed to look after their own health.

The conversation will be taking place on the CCG’s official Twitter account (@NHSLeedsWest) using #ManagingHealth.

If you’d like to share your thoughts before then you can leave your comments on the following webpage: www.leedswestccg.nhs.uk/healthcoaching


High-intensity exercise may carry certain cardiac risks

Endocrinology Advisor, 1 March 2016

Emerging evidence suggests that there may be some cardiotoxicity associated with high-intensity exercise, according to a review published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

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Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs)

NICE, 26 February 2016

NICE has issued technology appraisal guidance on the use of the 4 non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs), apixaban, dabigatran, edoxaban and rivaroxaban, in several clinical settings. All 4 NOACs must be included in local formularies for use in line with this guidance, with no additional funding or formulary restrictions.

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Keeping the heart in the right rhythm

Harvard Health Publications, 26 February 2016

Over the past several decades, permanent cardiac pacemakers have become a lifesaving staple of cardiovascular care.

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Missoula man recounts being saved by defibrillator vest in advance of Heart Expo

Missoulian, 26 February 2016

Local real estate agent Mark McQuirk and his wife Ellen were fast asleep at their cabin on Flathead Lake last December when the alarm on Mark's Zoll LifeVest went off.

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Health service embracing innovation as NHS England announces major trials to improve patient care

NHS England, 22 January 2016

Health service embracing innovation as NHS England announces major trials to improve patient care

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What’s the difference between heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest?

The Washington Post, 22 February 2016

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating, stopping the flow of blood to the brain and other organs. A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to a section of heart muscle is blocked, cutting off the supply of oxygen. That muscle can begin to die if deprived of oxygen for long.

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BREAKTHROUGH: One simple test could identify all known heart conditions and prevent death

Express, 19 February

A simple new test has been discovered and could potentially save thousands of lives.

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App tries to fetch medical help before cardiac arrest kills you

News Scientist, 12 February 2016

The London Ambulance Service has started using an app called GoodSAM to try to speed up its first response. The app lets bystanders witnessing a life-threatening emergency call the emergency services with the press of a button, simultaneously sending alerts to three nearby trained responders. Ambulance crews can also use the app to alert responders who may be able to get to the patient before they do.

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Ventricular Fibrillation

About Health, 11 February 2016

Ventricular fibrillation (VF) is an extremely dangerous form of cardiac arrhythmia, which invariably causes a sudden cardiac arrest.

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Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Recalls

About Health, 11 February 2016

A "recall" of your implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) can be a frightening and confusing experience. Recalls are uncommon, and fortunately only a small minority of people with ICDs are ever affected by them. But that fact doesn't help much when it happens to you.

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Two energy drinks a day 'increases the risk of heart palpitations, fast heart rate and chest pain in healthy people'

Daily Mail, 4 February 2016

Drinking more than two energy drinks a day can trigger serious heart problems, experts have warned.

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Smartphone heart monitor pilot to help reduce risk of stroke

Get West London, 6 February 2016

Patient John Pickles at West Middlesex Hospital used AliveCor Mobile ECG when he felt an attack come on, allowing his condition to be diagnosed

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Grandad told heart op was too risky is first in world to undergo revolutionary procedure

Gazette Lives, 2 February 2016

Cardiologists at The James Cook University Hospital offered Bill a lifeline - they could give him the heart by-pass he needed using a new device which would keep his heart beating at a normal rhythm during the operation.

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NICE targets stroke with possible new indicators for GPs and clinical commissioners

NICE, 1 February 2016

NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – is consulting on potential new indicators for the NICE indicator menu. Indicators encourage health professionals to assess patients on a range of key health issues where diagnosis and treatment is supported by evidence-based guidelines. The aim is to tackle widespread public health challenges one patient at a time.

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The human heart is amazing

The Spectrum, 1 February 2016

February is National Heart Health Awareness Month. The human heart is amazing. This cone-shaped organ is about the size of a fist and fits in a special notch between the lungs. The heart contracts rhythmically and functions as a pump for the body’s circulatory system.

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Frost’s son was not told of fatal heart condition

The Sunday Times, 31 January 2016

The surviving sons of Sir David Frost, the veteran broadcaster who died in 2013, reveal this weekend that a communication failure concerning a rare genetic condition may have contributed to the “incomprehensible” death two years later of their 31-year-old brother, Miles.

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CONFIRMED: Ryanair now carry AEDs on all flights...

Change.org, 25 January 2016

I am very pleased to confirm that Ryanair now carry AEDs on all their flights.

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Teen's life saved by Fitbit after device detects potentially fatal heart condition

Mirror, 11 January 2016

Sarah-Jayne McIntosh, 18, was revising for exams when she noticed her her heart rate had soared from to 210bpm on her new Fitbit Surge

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Toowoomba mum and son with rare heart condition

The Chronicle, 7 January 2016

THE first sign Rebecca Clegg had of her two rare heart conditions was a life-threatening cardiac arrest.

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Knowing the Signs of Cardiac Arrest Could Save a Life

States Chronicle, 1 January 2016

Knowing the signs of cardiac arrest could save a life and sudden cardiac arrests might not take you by surprise anymore.

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Sudden cardiac arrest ISN'T so sudden: Half of sufferers 'ignore potentially life-saving warnings in the 24 hours before collapsing'

Daily Mail, 22 December 2015

Half of sufferers experience warning signs hours, days, sometimes even weeks before cardiac arrest strikes, doctors at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles discovered.

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Zoll LiveVest wearable defibrillator receives FDA approval for paediatric use

Cardiac Rhythm News, 18 December 2015

Zoll Medical’s LiveVest wearable cardioverter defibrillator has been approved for a new paediatric indication by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is now approved for use by certain children who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, but who are not candidates for an implantable defibrillator device due to certain medical conditions, or a lack of parental consent.

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ME AND MY OPERATION: The tiny parachute that could literally rescue your failing heart

Daily Mail
16 December 2015

Nearly a million Brits suffer from heart failure, where the heart doesn’t pump blood around the body properly

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Leicester City CCG shortlisted in Health Business Awards for its usage of INRstar analytics

SCSL Health
7 December 2015

Leicester City CCG has been shortlisted within the Healthcare IT category of this year’s Health Business Awards for its usage of INRstar analytics.

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Medtronic recalls InSync III pacemakers due to battery issue

13 December 2015

Medtronic confirms it has informed physicians and regulatory authorities of an issue with the long-term battery performance of its InSync® III cardiac resynchronization therapy-pacemakers (CRT-Ps).


It is important to note that the InSync III CRT devices are an older set of devices no longer being distributed. The company has confirmed 0.03 percent of implanted InSync III devices have been affected.

Patients who have this device and who have concerns or who experience new or unexpected symptoms associated with their heart condition should seek guidance from their physicians.


The world’s only quadripolar CRT-D system approved for full body MRI scans

Boston Scientific
30 November 2015

Boston Scientific has Europe’s largest portfolio of defibrillators and pacemakers approved for MRI1,2. In fact, our X4 system is the world’s only quadripolar CRT-D system approved for full body MRI scans.

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Helping people with AF make informed choices about their treatment

NICE
24 November 2015

NICE has endorsed a new decision support tool that aims to help healthcare professionals and people with atrial fibrillation (AF) make informed decisions about the most appropriate treatments.

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MP Paul Scully signs Arrhythmia Alliance manifesto to reduce deaths from cardiac arrest

Sutton Guardian
21 November 2015

At an event hosted by the Arrhythmia Alliance in Parliament this month Mr Sully signed the alliance’s ‘Now is the Time’ manifesto.

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NICE endorsed tool launched to support patients and doctors in shared decision-making

Boehringer Ingelheim
17 November 2015

People with atrial fibrillation (AF) are set to benefit from an innovative online decision support tool launched today. The tool encourages partnership between them and their healthcare professional when reaching a decision about the use of anticoagulant medicines to reduce their risk of stroke.

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Patients in Milton Keynes urged to be on the pulse to avoid a stroke

One MK
13 November 2015

The plea is being made ahead of AF Aware Week, which runs from 23-29 November.

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Sidcup pensioner one of first to benefit from new stroke prevention technology
Bexley Times
30 October 2015

The latest technology for preventing strokes is being pioneered at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, helping patients throughout south London and benefiting one particular pensioner in Sidcup.

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SAS Task Force help to address needs of people with AF with new health empowerment resources

The Good Health Suite
29 October 2015

700,000 People Worldwide Rally behind Sign Against Stroke Task Force to Call AF Care and Stroke Prevention to be Prioritised on National Health Agendas.

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World Stroke Day: Key Risk Factors Atrial Fibrillation and Hypertension Need Detection and Treatment

Pharmiweb
28 October 2015

On World Stroke Day (29 October) a campaign by Daiichi Sankyo highlights stroke risks associated with cardiovascular diseases

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Blackouts and near drownings may signal sudden death risk

Cardiac Rhythm News
26 October 2015

Blackouts and near drownings may point to long QT syndrome (LQTS), signalling an increased risk of sudden death, according to research presented at the SA Heart Congress (25-28 October, Sun City, South Africa) by Paul Brink, professor of internal medicine at the University of Stellenbosch in Tygerberg, South Africa.

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Heart Attack vs. Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Understanding the Difference

Huffpost Healthy Living
25 October 2015

October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Understanding the difference between heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest could help save lives.

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AliveCor Mobile ECG Shows Momentum as Tool for AFib Detection 

AliveCor

AliveCor, Inc., the leader in FDA-cleared ECG technology for smartphones, announced today significant milestones related to patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) using the AliveCor® Mobile ECG. Since receiving the first FDA clearance for the AF Detector, an algorithm to detect AFib in an ECG, 30% of AliveCor patients have received an AFib detection. Additionally, more than 50% of U.S. users with an AFib detection received that detection within one week of their first AliveCor electrocardiogram (ECG) recording and close to 80% received it within one month.

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FDA approves Praxbind, the first reversal agent for the anticoagulant Pradaxa

FDA

16 October 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to Praxbind (idarucizumab) for use in patients who are taking the anticoagulant Pradaxa (dabigatran) during emergency situations when there is a need to reverse Pradaxa’s blood-thinning effects. 

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5 Myths and Misconceptions about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

Health News Digest
7 October 2015

Find our the answers to 5 myths and misconceptions about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

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Revolutionary Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion procedure to be tested at hospitals

 

Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has won in the category 'Excellence in Business Healthcare Analytics' in the 2015 Ehealth Insider (EHI) awards at a ceremony in London on 1st October.

The CCG won for its partnership working with SCSLhealth, using expertise from both sides to deploy a central analysis anticoagulation business intelligence tool, INRstar analytics. This intelligence tool has allowed the CCG to improve population based anticoagulation (AC) outcomes as part of their wider CVD programme, which to date has helped to reduce the risk of strokes across the CCG by 50%, prevented 16 strokes in the last 12 months and reduced overdue INR tests by 78%. INRstar analytics was designed with clinicians and commissioners at Leicester City CCG, to provide instant, up to date data on AC services across multiple locations using INRstar. Introducing INRstar analytics has meant that the CCG is presented with real time intelligence dashboards including national comparison.

 


The heart pacemakers at risk from hackers: Sound far-fetched? Security experts are treating it deadly seriously

Daily Mail
29 September 2015

Pacemakers have been saving lives for more than half a century, offering peace of mind to millions of patients.

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Abnormal heartbeat, arrhythmia can be prevented: study

Latinos Health
29 September 2015

Arrhythmia or abnormal heartbeat, in most cases, can be considered harmless. However, it may also indicate something sinister, like a possible heart disorder. While skipping heart rhythms cannot be stopped, a new study suggests that there might be a way to predict its occurrence, leading to a possible treatment.

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Inspirational 999 call reveals moment 11-year-old Pride of Britain winner saved dad's life with CPR

Mirror
27 September 2015

When his father collapsed at home after suffering a potentially fatal heart attack, Pride of Britain Award winner Joshua stepped in and saved his life by performing CPR

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Edoxaban for preventing stroke and systemic embolism in people with non-valvular atrial fibrillation
NICE Guidance
23 September 2015

Edoxaban (Lixiana) is recommended as an option for preventing stroke and systemic embolism in people with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who have one or more risk factors, such as:

  •     heart failure, high blood pressure or diabetes
  •     had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack before
  •     aged 75 years or older.

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A very funny and informative video all about different heart rhythm disorders.

 

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Tiny purse keeps your pacemaker working: How a device made out of pig tissue may be the safe new way to implant medical devices

Daily Mail
22 September 2015

A 'purse' made from pig tissue may be a safe new way to implant medical devices. The purse is designed to hold devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators in place to prevent them moving around.

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Cat fitted with £3000 pacemaker at same time owner was told he needed one

Daily Record
20 September 2015

Vets fitted a cat with a tiny £3000 pacemaker – at the same time his owner was told he would need one.

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Retired police officer Richard Oliver becomes first Kent patient to be fitted with under the skin defibrillator at Darent Valley Hospital

Kent Online
18 September 2015

A retired police officer has become the first Kent patient to be fitted with an under the skin defibrillator after he suffered a massive heart attack.

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Mum in her 30s collapses and dies of cardiac arrest at family funfair

Mirror
21 September 2015

A mum in her 30s collapsed and died after suffering a cardiac arrest at a family funfair.

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Interview with AliveCor founder Dr. Dave Albert: mobile health research & physician entrepreneurs

iMedical Apps
17 September 2015

AliveCor is, in many ways, the posterchild for digital health. Launching just almost five years ago, it was part of the leading edge of what is now a flood of digital health devices & apps.

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Protecting Your Pacemaker from Smartphones, Power Lines

Health Essentials
14 September 2015

Can mobile phones really disrupt your pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)?

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Billie Jean King talks AFib and stroke risk

Fox News
13 September 2015

Billie Jean King teamed up with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to raise awareness about the risk of stroke for those who have atrial fibrillation (AFib).

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Rugby player suffers suspected heart attack as Penclawdd v Amman United game abandoned

South Wales Evening Post, 7 September 2015

A Rugby match between Penclawdd and Amman United was abandoned yesterday after one of the substitutes suffered a suspected heart attack while warming up.

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Defibrillator implanted under skin works without wires

Vancouver Sun, 4 September 2015

New generation of devices means doctors no longer have to go through patients’ veins

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Take it to heart

News4Jax, 4 September 2015

Channel 4's Melanie Lawson explains the issues of traditional pacemakers as well as new technology that's assisting patients.

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Warwick woman loses 8.5 stone to beat heart surgery

Leamington Spa The Courier
3 September 2015

Laura Parkinson, 36, of Wharf Street, Warwick, realised she needed to lose weight after being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a heart condition which causes an irregular heart rate, two years ago.

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Heart Palpitations in Women: Is It 'Just Anxiety,' or Something More?

Huffington Post
3 September 2015

Do you ever feel like your heart has skipped a beat or is pounding, racing, or doing flip-flops? Most of the time these sensations, called heart palpitations, are harmless and merely bothersome, but sometimes they can signal a serious, possibly life-threatening arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm).

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Diploma in Syncope and related disorders

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
1 September 2015

After the success of our inaugural Diploma in Syncope and Related Disorder last year, we are happy to host this programme for 2015-2016.

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A brisk 25-minute walk every day can add up to SEVEN YEARS to your life and cut risk of dying from a heart attack by half

Daily Mail
31 August 2015

Taking a brisk 25-minute walk a day can add seven years to your life, scientists claim. New research has found that regular exercise can reduce the risk of dying from a heart attack by half.

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Study shows AED usage has increased in public locations, but not at homes

News Medical
31 August 2015

Efforts to improve automated external defibrillator (AED) usage increase bystander defibrillation in public places but not at home, reveals a study of more than 25 000 cardiac arrest patients presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Steen Hansen, a PhD student in the Department of Health, Science and Technology at Aalborg University in Denmark. Efforts included increased numbers of AEDs, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) education and a nationwide AED registry.

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Heavy snorer? Buy some extra pillows to save your life: Being propped up in bed 'reduces risk of sudden death from heart problems'

Daily Mail
31 August 2015

Heavy snorers are more at risk from sudden death from heart problems

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Good news if you like a snooze: Doctors say a mid-day nap lowers blood pressure and can ward off heart attacks

Daily Mail
30 August 2015

A regular mid-day nap can help lower blood pressure and ward off heart attacks, doctors have revealed.

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Efforts to improve AED usage increase bystander defibrillation in public but not at home

EurekAlert
30 August 2015

London, UK - 30 Aug 2015: Efforts to improve automated external defibrillator (AED) usage increase bystander defibrillation in public places but not at home, reveals a study of more than 25 000 cardiac arrest patients presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Steen Hansen.

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 Experience: I have sudden death syndrome

The Guardian
28 August 2015

I remember being stuck in a hot waiting room alone while my cardiologist told my parents that he suspected Long QT syndrome, one of the most common of the diseases labelled as a sudden death syndrome.

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Lay Summary for research publication on emergency treatment for SVT (supraventricular tachycardias)

Revert
25 August 2015

This lay summary is to inform study volunteers, patients and their carers of the outcome of this research and how the results may help them to better manage their condition.

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IMPORTANT: Statement on Device Malfunction

August 2015

Following recent inaccurate media reports on supposedly faulty devices, the following statement is being issued jointly by Arrhythmia Alliance and British Heart Rhythm Society.

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I got off my bike... and woke up in hospital: teen thanks paramedics who saved his life

Daily Echo
23 August 2015

The family of a teenager who nearly died after going into cardiac arrest have thanked the people who saved his life.

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Speedway: Chris Widman takes heart after feeling benefit of surgery

The Sentinel
20 August 2015

He had already noticed his heart occasionally beating faster than it should do, and checks at the renowned Glenfield Hospital in Leicester revealed he had Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome – a condition otherwise known as a rapid heart beat.

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AliveCor Mobile ECG

NICE
August 2015

NICE has developed a medtech innovation briefing (MIB) on the AliveCor Heart Monitor and AliveECG app for detecting atrial fibrillation.

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AliveCor Mobile ECG Clinical Research

AliveCor Mobile ECG
12 August 2015

This study compared the accuracy between an ECG lead I from a conventional 12-lead ECG and the AliveCor Mobile ECG in 62 patients.

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Turning Tragedy to Hope, A Campaign to Install AEDs in Bluffton Patrol Cars

WSAV
10 August 2015

A year after eight-year-old, Gavin Quance drowned in his family’s pool, his parents got a call from the “Arrhythmia Alliance” — wanting to start a campaign in his name to raise money to place AED machines in all Bluffton Police cars.

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The future of anticoagulation management in atrial fibrillation in Europe

RAND
6 August 2015

An assessment of today's challenges with recommendations for the future

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AliveCor Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

SYS-CON Media
6 August 2015

AliveCor, Inc., the leader in FDA-cleared ECG technology for smartphones, was awarded today as one of the World Economic Forum's "technology pioneers", a selection of the world's most innovative companies.

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Joe Jackson out of intensive care

TV Newsroom
6 August 2015

Joe Jackson subsequently underwent heart surgery on Monday to have a pacemaker fitted after his heart stopped three times, and he was placed in the ICU to recuperate.

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Huge variation in use of new anticoagulants “completely unacceptable”

Arrhythmia News
6 August 2015

There is huge variation across England in the use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) to reduce stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a recent statement from the Atrial Fibrillation Association (AF Association) which condemns the new data as “completely unacceptable”.

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Cardiac symptoms men should never ignore

K5
4 August 2015

Avid cyclist Richard Kief appears to be in great shape. However, a few years ago the 64-year-old started experiencing what he thought was acid reflux during his rides.

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Government health chiefs will not screen young, healthy people for heart conditions

This is Lancashire
2 August 2015

Health chiefs have decided young, healthy people should not be screened for heart conditions such as that which nearly killed Fabrice Muamba.

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Increasing the odds of cardiac arrest survival

SCTimes
1 August 2015

When a person goes into sudden cardiac arrest, seconds matter. It is a race against time not only to get the heart started again but to make sure there is continuous blood flow to all parts of the body, especially the brain.

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Wrestling legend and WWE star 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dies aged 61 after suffering cardiac arrest in his sleep

Daily Mail
1 August 2015

Wrestling legend 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper has died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest in his sleep.

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Dramatic river rescue in Stratford on Avon prompts defibrillator call

Stratford Observer
30 July 2015

A call has been made for more life-saving defibrillators in Stratford town centre following a dramatic river rescue.

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Taxonomy of the burden of treatment: a multi-country web-based qualitative study of patients with chronic conditions
BMC Medicine
30 July 2015

Management strategies for patients with chronic conditions are becoming increasingly complex,
which may result in a burden of treatment for patients.

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Offer anticoagulants instead of aspirin for stroke prevention, says NICE

NICE
30 July 2015

Adults with atrial fibrillation (AF) should be prescribed newer medications instead of aspirin for the prevention of stroke, says NICE. Aspirin

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Making health and social care information accessible Update July 2015 – accessible information standard approved

NHS England, July 2015

The aim of the accessible information standard is to make sure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss get information that they can access and understand, and any communication support that they need.

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British Airways hostess, 22, who was found dead in her hotel room after failing to show up for flight home from Angola died just days before her brother's wedding

Daily Mail, 29 July 2015

Emily Dunn, who had a suspected heart condition, was found dead in her room in Angola after she failed to arrive for a flight back to Heathrow on July 16.

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BIOTRONIK pacemakers gets CE approval for use in 3 Tesla MRI scans worldwide

Financial Express, 29 July 2015

Reportedly, the only company offering both ICDs and pacemakers approved for 3 T scans

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Joe Jackson fitted with pacemaker after suffering THREE heart attacks following hospitalisation for stroke

Daily Mail, 27 July 2015

Michael Jackson's father Joe suffered three heart attacks and has been fitted with a pacemaker during emergency surgery.

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Getting in shape may help reduce irregular heart rhythm

Reuters, 24 July 2015

Start to get fit right now! AFAssociation endorses the Make Your Heart Feel Good dance DVD with Strictly Come Dancing’s Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace. This is the first in a series of educational tools for people who wish to manage their heart health through exercise, relaxation and diet sponsored through an educational grant from DAIICHI SANKYO EUROPE . Click here to get your FREE DVD

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Sir David Frost's family talk of their devastation after his eldest son, Miles, 31, died suddenly while jogging and reveal how 'he was the leader of the pack since Dad died'

20 July 2015
Daily Mail

The bereft fami