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Government health chiefs will not screen young, healthy people for heart conditions
This is Lancashire
2 August 2015
Increasing the odds of cardiac arrest survival
1 August 2015
Wrestling legend and WWE star 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dies aged 61 after suffering cardiac arrest in his sleep
1 August 2015
Dramatic river rescue in Stratford on Avon prompts defibrillator call
30 July 2015
A call has been made for more life-saving defibrillators in Stratford town centre following a dramatic river rescue.
Taxonomy of the burden of treatment: a multi-country web-based qualitative study of patients with chronic conditionsBMC 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.
Offer anticoagulants instead of aspirin for stroke prevention, says 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
Making health and social care information accessible Update July 2015 – accessible information standard approved
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.
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.
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.
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
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
The bereft family of Sir David Frost today paid tribute to his 'super fit' eldest son who collapsed and died at the age of 31 while out jogging.
Pregnant woman collapsed and died from an undetected heart condition one year after her first baby tragically died
Daily Mail, 20 July 2015
Elizabeth Kirwan, 34, died suddenly from cardiac arrest at home in Cardiff. Running enthusiast was in early stages of pregnancy with second child
Liverpool pensioner becomes one of the first patients in medical history to be given wireless pacemaker
Echo, 20 July 2015
Thomas Nesbitt, 73, from Vauxhall, was selected for treatment as part of global trial at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
Knights’ Gagai discharged from hospital
The New Daily, 19 July 2015
Newcastle star Dane Gagai has left hospital after suffering an abnormal heart rhythm during Saturday’s win over Gold Coast.
Body temperature change can trigger sudden cardiac death
The Vancouver Sun, 15 July 2015
A temperature-sensitive mutant protein could cause sudden cardiac death for some people with heart arrhythmia who become overheated.
96-year-old 'thrilled' to have world's tiniest pacemaker
BBC News, 13 July 2015
A 96-year-old woman has said she's "thrilled" after becoming one of the first patients in Britain to be fitted with the world's smallest pacemaker.
GPs leave 200,000 elderly patients on aspirin despite warnings they should stop prescribing it even though alternative medication is available
Daily Mail, 11 July 2015
Hundreds of thousands of elderly people have been left on medication that leaves them at a high risk of having a stroke – a year after doctors were told to stop prescribing it.
Daiichi Sankyo’s edoxaban launched in the UK
European Pharmaceutical Review, 10 July 2015
Daiichi Sankyo’s Lixiana (edoxaban), a new blood-thinning drug therapy to help prevent stroke in patients with the heart rhythm condition called non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), has been launched in the UK.
Hero dog helps save owner's life after heart attack
They say dogs are a man's best friend, but for Joanna Mellor her dog Leo is an actual lifesaver.
New Therapy to Help Heart Rhythm Patients Means Doctors are "Spoilt for Choice"
Pharmiweb.com, 10 July 2015
Launch comes as new patients' survey reveals a significant proportion still not receiving adequate treatment for atrial fibrillation, the commonest heart rhythm disorder.
Aspirin could do more harm than good for heart patients: Doctors told not to prescribe drug for life-threatening condition that causes heart to beat very fast
Daily Mail, 10 July 2015
Tens of thousands of heart patients are wrongly taking aspirin – meaning it does more harm than good, according to the health watchdog.
Call for action to save lives lost to sudden cardiac death in Wales
Darren Millar AM, 8 July 2015
Darren recently hosted the Welsh Assembly launch of the UK’s leading Heart Rhythm Charity, Arrhythmia Alliance’s report ‘Now is the time …for action to save lives.’
Cardiac tachyarrhythmias and patient values and preferences for their management
EHRA Position Paper, 6 July 2015
Cardiac tachyarrhythmias are recurrent or chronic and in some cases life-threatening conditions. Heart rhythm disturbances are often highly symptomatic and the psychological impact of the disease can be significant.
Not sure how much you'll benefit from a Pacemaker? Take one for a "Test Drive"
29 June 2015
Dr. Michael Giudici of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics caused quite a stir at the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) EUROPACE-CARDIOSTIM 2015...
The Lorraine Show: Dr Hilary Jones discusses Heart Rhythm Week,
25 June 2015
Features demonstration of an AliveCor monitor and highlights the importance of early diagnosis.
Watch round table discussion on 'NOACs and dual antiplatelet therapy'
Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review, 24 June 2015
Radcliffe Cardiology, in association with the Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review (AER) journal, filmed a roundtable discussion entitled 'Novel Oral Anti-Coagulants (NOACs)...
Wales has one of the lowest rates of survival from sudden cardiac arrest
South Wales Argus, 17 June 2015
Around 7,760 people each year in Wales die unnecessarily after a sudden cardiac arrest, according to Arrhythmia Alliance, as it launches a report on how these lives can be saved.
Phone app that could save your life
Daily Mail, 16 June 2015
Smartphone gadget could help patients self-diagnose serious heart condition in seconds
Coroner calls on airlines to carry defibrillators after mother-of-two's death
Telegraph, 16 June 2015
Inquest into the death of 47-year-old Davina Tavener on a Ryanair flight to Lanzarote hears passengers tried save her but were unable to do so.
High Incidence of Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes
Rare Disease Report, 16 June 2015
According to this study, a NCAA Division I basketball player has a 1 in 5,200 chance of sudden cardiac death in a given year, an alarming number higher than that found in some previous work.
Cardiac Rhythm News June 2015
Cardiac Rhythm News, 11 June, 2015
The June issue of Cardiac Rhythm News is here! Information about EHRA Europace Cardiostim 2015, Milan, Baroreflex Activation Therapy...
Focal Point: Coverage of Heart Rhythm Week during Monday's Parliamentary event at Stormont, Belfast
NVTV, 5 June 2015
Watch and listen to patients and clinicians discuss their experiences and advice about Sudden Cardiac Arrest...
Genetic susceptibility to syncope
CTV, 5 June 2015
Respected Canadian cardiologist/electrophysicist, Dr Robert Sheldon, is leading a study to pinpoint the causes of fainting. Dr Sheldon is a board member of STARS-US and a member of STARS UK's much respected Medical Advisory Committee.
Testing during exercise best way to detect heart problems in endurance athletes
Canadian Running Magazine, 5 June 2015
Endurance athletes, such as marathoners and long-distance cyclists, can sometimes develop heartbeat irregularities, known as arrhythmia...
Arrhythmia Alliance launches 'Now is the Time' Manifesto
www.aaaw.org.uk, 3 June 2015
This week sees the launch of our 'Now is the Time' manifesto in UK
Parliament. Download your copy now...
Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review Volume 4 Issue 1 out now!
www.radcliffecardiology.com, 2 June 2015
Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review (AER) sees the publication of a broad range of articles...
Arrhythmia Watch News Issue 56
Arrhythmia Watch, 29 May 2015
An educational resource for cardiac rhythm management...
New role for Professor John Morgan
Arrhythmia Alliance, 29 May 2015
Our warmest congratulations to Professor John Morgan, A-A Executive Committee Member and supporter of Arrhythmia Alliance, on his new role.
Who can make decisions about a pacemaker once it's in my body?
bbc.co.uk, 17 May 2015
After a listener got in touch with an ethical dilemma, Eddie Mair and Jennifer Tracey explore what the UK law says about switching off pacemakers and other implanted medical devices.
Harry Judd: I thought I was going to have a heart attack
express.co.uk, 5 May 2015
The pop star and Strickly winner tells Express online how his intense marathon training led to an ectopic heartbeat.
Fundraising mum places ninth defibrillator around Grays
thurrockgazette.co.uk, 2 May 2015
Stanford-le-Hope mum Charlotte Yoxall, 35, has been pulling out all the stops to raise money to put lifesaving defibrillators around Grays.
Tiny heart monitors bring big benefits for patients
itv.com, 30 April 2015
Miniaturised cardiac monitors are being implanted in patients at South Tyneside District Hospital. The monitors, which are about one-third the size of an AAA battery, are nearly 90% smaller than conventional, implantable devices.
Fabrice Muamba leads tributes to Gregory Mertens following the death of the Sporting Lokeren defender who suffered a cardiac arrest during a game.
goal.com, 30 April 2015
Figures from across the world of football gave their Twitter condolences to Gregory Mertens after the Sporking Lokeren player passed away. The 24-year old suffered a cardiac arrest in a reserve game and, after being resuscitated on the pitch, was in a medically-induced coma for days until his death was announced.
Photographer suffers fatal heart attack in front of Andy Murray before collapsing and hitting head on grave stone during wedding rehearsal at Dunblane Cathedral
dailymail.co.uk, 11 April 2015
A photographer who fell on a stone in the graveyard ahead of Andy Murray's wedding rehearsal as the tennis star was greeted by a media scrum has died.
Why running a marathon WON'T trigger a cardiac arrest: Strenuous exercise is 'unlikely to cause a heart problem'
dailymail.co.uk, 7 April 2015
Many people fear running a marathon in middle age might trigger a cardiac arrest.
Why you need protection against stroke if you have atrial fibrillation
Your heartbeat is the most fundamental rhythm in your life, signalling the regular pumping of your heart as it propels blood carrying oxygen and nutrients to the rest of your body. We take the regular beating completely for granted, never giving it a second thought until the elegant control process goes wrong, when the consequences can be the devastating disability, loss of independence and even death caused by AF-related stroke.
Strenuous exercise is 'unlikely to cause cardiac arrest'
telegraph.co.uk, 6 April 2015
A new study by researchers in the US suggests that the danger of strenuous exercise on the heart has been over-exaggerated.
Muamba backs The FA's cardiac screening programme
thefa.com, 4 April 2015
When it comes to matters of the heart, Fabrice Muamba is someone who knows full well the potentially life-threatening consequences of an underlying condition going unnoticed.
Doctors receive £94,000 grant to refine innovative surgery for heart patients
thisisoxfordshire.co.uk, 1 April 2015
CARDIOLOGISTS are hoping a near £100,000 grant will help a third of people who find pacemakers don’t work.
Staff's quick response saves man's life
thenorthernecho.co.uk, 31 March 2015
GOOD Samaritan staff at a leisure centre who rushed to help a man suffering from a potentially fatal heart attack have been given special commendations by the ambulance service and a personal thank you from the man they saved.
Prime Minister says there is ‘nothing more heart-breaking than losing a child’ as he backs Norwich mum’s campaign for defibrillators in schools
edp24.com, 25 March 2015
The Prime Minister has backed a Norwich mum’s campaign to install defibrillators in every school, saying there is “nothing more heart-breaking than losing a child.”
Support call for a National Service Delivery Model for warfarin patients
scottish.parliament.uk, March 2015
Petition to the Scottish Parliament launched to ensure that ensure that all NHS boards have the resources to assess warfarin patients who request (i.e. self-present) for self-testing and/or self-management their condition.
Currently no such model exists for Scotland's 80,000 warfarin patients.
Are you a sudden cardiac arrest survivor? We need your support for Heart Rhythm Week 2015
During Heart Rhythm Week (1-7 June 2015), Arrhythmia Alliance is planning to hold a series of parliamentary events in each country of the UK. We have a major announcement on the management of sudden cardiac arrest of specific interest to a political audience. We will have speakers representing political, healthcare professional and patient perspectives.
If you are a sudden cardiac arrest survivor we need your help. Please email email@example.com to learn more about the ways in which you can help.
Meet the teenager who saved her mother's life
itv.com, 24 March 2015
Samantha Hobbs was just 14 when her mother Mandy was discovered unconscious on the floor.
Heart patients using blood-thinning drugs call on MSPs to back the right to self-medicate
heraldscotland.com, 24 March 2015
PATIENTS with potentially fatal heart conditions are petitioning the Scottish parliament for the right to medicate themselves.
John Radcliffe Hospital researchers given £94,000 to develop new heart pacemaker
oxfordmail.co.uk, 20 March 2015
A TEAM of Oxford researchers has been given a £94,000 grant to develop a new form of pacemaker for heart failure patients.
Sutton Coldfield woman whose father died from heart condition to do charity triathlon
suttoncoldfieldobserver.co.uk, 14 March 2015
A LOVING mother whose son and father have both been affected by heart conditions is to undergo a charity challenge to raise essential funds.
Christian Dior beautician dies aged 20 after being struck down by 'abnormal heart rhythm'
mirror.co.uk, 13 March 2015
Laura Critchlow appeared to be fit and healthy, and 'always had a smile on her face', an inquest was told.
Falls may be tied to irregular heartbeat
Reuters.com, 14 March 2015
Older adults who suffer a fall are twice as likely to have a common type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, according to a new study.
Review into medical innovation and technology: further details
gov.uk, 11 March 2015
Details of a review into plans to give NHS patients quicker access to innovative medicines and medical technology have been announced.
Drivers' union presses McLaren and FIA over details of Fernando Alonso crash to reassure its members
telegraph.co.uk, 6 March 2015
The Formula One drivers’ union has moved to reassure its members amid serious concerns over safety following the crash which put Fernando Alonso out of the Australian Grand Prix and could threaten his career.
AliveCor launches new app that automatically tells patients when their ECG recording is normal
AliveCor, 9 March 2015
AliveCor, Inc. announced today the launch of the latest version of the AliveECG app, with two new FDA-cleared and CE-marked automated detectors that allow patients and physicians to focus on the ECGs that matter most.
EXCLUSIVE: Bafetimbi Gomis collapse brought back bad memories – Fabrice Muamba
express.co.uk, 6 March 2015
THE man who ‘died’ at White Hart Lane has described the moment he learnt of Bafetimbi Gomis collapsing on the same pitch: “Not that place again.”
Bafetimbi Gomis collapse: Alarming to witness but recovery is swift
independent.co.uk, 5 March 2015
Although initially extremely alarming, especially given memories of the moment Fabrice Muamba’s heart stopped beating on the same pitch three years ago, Bafétimbi Gomis’ blackout at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night is not comparable to that so nearly tragic incident.
Dog that has a pacemaker just like her owner!
express.co.uk, 19 February 2015
Catherine, 41, had her cardiovascular device inserted in 2011 when she was diagnosed with heart block – an abnormal heart rhythm where the heart beats too slowly.
Carterton pupils secure defibrillator for school with healthy interest in first aid
oxfordmail.co.uk, 16 February 2015
A POTENTIALLY lifesaving defibrillator is to be installed at Carterton Community College after pupils showed a healthy interest in leaning first aid.
UK based cardiologist pioneers new heart mapping system to treat atrial fibrillation
MailOnline.co.uk, 15 February 2015
The consultant who treated Tony Blair’s heart ‘flutter’ is pioneering a same-day method to detect and treat similar cardiac problems. A ‘heart detective’ system is being used to root out the cause of disorders that make the heart beat too slowly, too fast or out of sync.
Learn how to use a public-access defibrillator
In this video, Jon Needle, Community Partnerships Manager at East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, demonstrates how to use a public-access defibrillator to save lives in a community setting.
The life-saving heart device that costs £2,000 and tells your doctor when there's a problem
jerseyeveningpost.com, 10 February 2015
AT least 30 Islanders have benefited from a revolutionary new health procedure that allows doctors to accurately diagnose heart conditions that they may have previously missed.
Important notice if you are about to purchase an AED
WARNING – If you are about to purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED) please read.
Our strong advice is to never purchase a second-hand defibrillator unless you have the original certificate of purchase and full history of its use and previous owner’s details, which can then be verified and not listed on a stolen list.
Sadly there have been reported thefts of AED’s from unlocked and locked cabinets and it can only be assumed that these despicable people who show no regard or value for other people’s lives believe a stolen device has some monetary value.
A second-hand defibrillator (AED) has NO monetary value. Each defibrillator has a serial number and can always be traced. AED’s need constant daily/weekly checking and monitoring – without such monitored governance they may not operate correctly or at all if used at the time of an emergency.
If anyone approaches you selling or advertising an AED – treat the offer with great caution as you may be wasting your money but more importantly, putting a life at risk. If you can, report it to your local police.
We are providing you with this information to protect you and others and to ensure everything possible is done to avoid the risk of an unnecessary death. If we can kill the demand of any stolen defibrillators, then we will be saving lives.
REMEMBER...if it is cheap and looks a bargain then it is most likely STOLEN and can be traced and may not work when you require it.
Defibrillator campaigner invited to speak in parliament
theboltonnews.co.uk, 26 January 2015
A CAMPAIGNER who wants every school in Bolton to receive a defibrillator will speak in parliament tomorrow urging MPs to support her cause.
Why we should all know how to use a defibrillator to save lives
home.bt.com, 14 January 2014
Using a defibrillator can increase sudden cardiac arrest survival chances so why aren't there more life-saving machines around? We look at the campaigns hoping to change this.
Support group for heart patients gets top award
theboltonnews.co.uk, 9 January 2015
A SUPPORT group for heart patients has been recognised for its vital work across Bolton after it received a top award.
Southam College has finger on the pulse to help save lives
coventrytelegraph.net, 5 January 2015
Staff and pupils receive defibrillator to help restart someone's heart during cardiac arrest
Sky star Kirsty Gallacher: The first aid heroes who saved my dad... after he 'died' three times
MailOnline.co.uk, 20 December 2014
So many details surrounding golfer Bernard Gallacher’s sudden cardiac arrest in August last year remain a mystery.
Neville recalls new-style ablation procedure to treat atrial flutter
MailOnline.co.uk, 30 December 2014
Atrial flutter is a common heart rhythm problem. Neville Glasgow, 66, a retired bus driver living in Streatham, South London, underwent a new procedure, as he tells DIANA PILKINGTON.
Jersey ambulance service call for defibrillator cabinets
bbc.co.uk, 29 December 2014
Companies with a defibrillator should buy a cabinet and put it outside so it can be more easily reached, according to the Jersey ambulance service.
New treatment could lead to breakthrough in stroke treatment
leicestermercury.co.uk, 27 December 2014
A Groby grandfather has made stepped into the medical history books at the city’s Glenfield Hospital.
Life saving pulse checks on offer at East Kilbride flu clinic this week
dailyrecord.co.uk, 10 December 2014
TOMORROW marks the first day of lifesaving pulse checks at the flu clinic in East Kilbride's Hunter Health Centre.
Heart arrythmia support group off to a flying start at Grantham hospital
granthamjournal.co.uk, 9 December 2014
A group which supports people with heart arrythmia was successfully launched last week.
Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group to host free pulse check event in the Ashley Centre, Epsom
Epsom, 23 January 2015
Free pulse checks available from 10am-3pm.
Please email Daisy for further information
Reading railway station gets gift of life from house builder
jackfmberkshire.co.uk, 4 December 2014
Passengers at Reading railway station have increased chances of surviving a cardiac arrest - thanks to Bewley Homes
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Goaltender comes to aid of fan in cardiac arrest before game
foxsports.com, 28 November 2014
Patrick O'Brien plays in the Central-West Senior Hockey League in Gander, a Canadian town located on the island of Newfoundland.
Revealed: capital’s postcode lottery in survival rates for cardiac arrest
standard.co.uk, 2 December 2014
A postcode lottery in cardiac arrest survival rates was revealed today, with patients almost five times more likely to die if they fall ill in part of east rather than north London.
Irish Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) says putting AEDs in all public places would cost €105m
independent.ie, 2 December 2014
PUTTING heart defibrillators in all public places would cost €105m and save 50 lives over five years.
Cryoballoon procedure quicker to perform than coventional ablation
MailOnline.co.uk, 2 December 2014
Atrial fibrillation — an erratic heartbeat — affects up to 800,000 Britons, and can lead to a stroke if left untreated.
Ceremony to remember hero doctor who saved Bernard Gallacher’s life
pressandjournal.co.uk, 15 November 2014
A special ceremony in memory of a hero doctor who saved golf legend Bernard Gallacher’s life takes place tomorrow.
Miracle man Fabrice Muamba stars in choir as Children in Need raises whopping £32.6m
boltonnews.co.uk, 16 November 2014
EX-WANDERERS star Fabrice Muamba joined a celebrity choir at the BBC's Children in Need fundraiser.
Highest cardiac arrest survival in London
itv.com, 7 November 2014
People who have a cardiac arrest in the capital are more likely to survive than ever before, according to figures released today by London Ambulance Service.
Gloucestershire Arrhythmia Support Group
stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk, 7 November 2014
DO YOU suffer from an irregular heart beat such as atrial fibrillation?
Tennis ace Oudin diagnosed with AVNRT
tennis.com, 5 November 2014
American tennis pro Melanie Oudin says she will have a procedure Thursday for a heart condition, then surgery later this month for an eye problem.
Revolutionary Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion procedure to be tested at hospitals
oxfordtimes.co.uk, 3 November 2014
PIONEERING heart treatments are to be tested by Oxford surgeons.
'Coolest car in London' saves lives
news.bbc.co.uk, 2 November 2014
The "Cool Car" brings hospital expertise right to the scene of emergencies. Overall just 9% of cardiac arrest victims in the UK survive long enough to leave hospital. This new approach could dramatically boost that figure.
Police come up with imaginative new use for tax disc holder
boltonnews.co.uk, 16 October 2014
POLICE have dreamed up a new use for the licence disc holders that every car carries on its windscreen - one which could save lives.
UK surgeons develop new 3D mapping technique for heart rhythm ops
ibtimes.co.uk, 12 October 2014
Pioneering technique gives surgeons live images of 'short-circuits' in heart muscle
AF Association Medical Advisory Committee member wins prestigious award
Dr Matthew Fay, a GP with a special interest in AF at Westcliffe Medical Practice in Shipley, West Yorkshire, has been awarded a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his work advancing anticoagulation care.
Dr Fay accepted his award at the Quality in Care (QiC) Anticoagulation Awards ceremony in London on Tuesday 30 September 2014.
AF Association would like to congratulate Dr Fay and all other award winners, including staff at Cloyne Pharmacy, who scooped the Judges' Special Award for their excellent service to patients.
Alton Towers: Man survives cardiac arrest thanks to quick action of community first responder team
ashbournenewstelegraph.co.uk, 18 October 2014
A MAN who suffered a cardiac arrest at Alton Towers on Friday is alive today thanks to the quick actions of community first responders (CFRs).
Lifesaver unveiled at fire station open day
westerngazette.co.uk, 17 October 2014
CASTLE Cary’s firefighters threw open the shutters to their fire station on Saturday to welcome resident