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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 the St Eval Candle Company.
Arrhythmia Alliance Founder and Trustee stresses danger of fainting
news.ninemsn.com.au, 9 August 2013
People who faint or have seizures could have a dangerous heart condition and should always seek an accurate diagnosis, says a UK-based speaker at a Gold Coast conference.
Arrhythmia Alliance - Australia patient meeting held at Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane
6 August 2013
A-A Founder and Trustee, Trudie Lobban MBE, attended a patient support meeting at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane today to launch our newest chapter; A-A Australia. Twenty new resources were available in print and shared with patients and their carers.
New pacemaker service for Isle of Man Noble's Hospital
news.bbc.co.uk, 7 August 2013
Patients on the Isle of Man who need pacemaker surgery can now have their treatment on the island instead of having to travel to Liverpool.
Procedure may reduce stroke risk with irregular heartbeat
uk.reuters.com, 5 August 2013
In a group of nearly 38,000 people, researchers compared individuals with similar stroke risk profiles to one another, and found that those with atrial fibrillation who underwent the catheter ablation procedure fared better than those on medications alone over three years.
Tennis - Robby Ginepri undergoes procedure to correct heart arrhythmia
tennisworldusa.org, 3 August 2013
Tennis - Former world no. 15 and former US Open semi finalist Robby Ginepri has undergone a procedure earlier this week to correct a heart problem, similar to the problem that Mardy Fish had last year.
Doctor's plea for defibrillators to be in all public buildings
manchestereveningnews.co.uk, 1 August 2013
Dr Aseem Malhotra, from Manchester, a cardiology specialist registrar at the Royal Free Hospital in London, says the machines could save thousands of lives.
How to have sex after a sudden cardiac arrest
Mail Online, 31 July 2013
Most people are too embarrassed to ask about when or how to have sex after a heart attack, but new guidance urging doctors to help their patients resume a healthy love life means they may no longer need to.
Lifesaving equipment unveiled at school
East Anglian Daily Times, 27 July 2013
A campaigning son aiming to get a dozen defibrillators installed in public places in memory of his mum has unveiled the first life-saving kit at the primary school his son attends.
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Arrhythmia Alliance donates life-saving AEDs to community groups in Bolton
Bolton News, 27 July 2013
A campaign which aims to tackle premature heart deaths has donated specialist equipment to Bolton community groups.
Memorial match helps buy life-saving AED for Billingham sport venue
Gazette Live, 24 July 2013
From their latest drive the family of John Clayton have raised more than £4,000 for Arrhythmia Alliance’s Hearts and Goals campaign.
NHS England publishes its response to consultation on specialised service specifications and commissioning policies
NHS England has published its response, Consultation on Specialised Services Specifications and Commissioning Policies 2013/14: Summary and Response from NHS England, to consultation earlier this year on the service specifications and commissioning policies which support its specialised commissioning function.
Our sister charity, AF Association (AF-A) would like to thank all who responded to the draft statements on the LAAO procedure in early January and those who were part of the Consultation Review meeting on 4 June.
Arrhythmia: The heart of a big matter
gazetteseries.co.uk, 28 July 2013
YOU may not be familiar with its name but atrial fibrillation affects around 1.5 million people in the UK and is a major risk factor for stroke.
It's time all clinical trial results are reported.
Patients, researchers, pharmacists, doctors and regulators everywhere will benefit from publication of clinical trial results. Wherever you are in the world please sign the petition:
Thousands of clinical trials have not reported their results; some have not even been registered.
All trials past and present should be registered, and the full methods and the results reported.
We call on governments, regulators and research bodies to implement measures to achieve this.
Muamba set to drop in
Dunmow Broadcast, 11 July 2013
Early day motion 437
parliament.co.uk, 17 July 2013
That this House recognises data released by Arrhythmia Alliance (AA) during Heart Rhythm Week which reveals that most of the British public are unaware of the difference they can make to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival; further recognises that when cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is administered to someone who has suffered a SCA they have just a nine per cent chance of survival, but when CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) are used together, the average chance of survival increases to 50 per cent and that survival rates from SCA drop by seven to 10 per cent every minute without defibrillation; further recognises that over 85 per cent of Britons are not able to describe the difference between a SCA and a heart attack; believes that more needs to be done to increase survival rates from SCA nationally; encourages the Government and the NHS to work together to increase the provision of AEDs across the country and improve implantable cardioverter-defibrillator implantation rates; and supports the aims of AA's Whole Hearted and Hearts and Goals campaigns in raising awareness of SCA and heart rhythm disorders.
Ipswich: Dad, who nearly died after suffering two heart attacks, set to embark on charity adventure
eadt.co.uk, 16 July 2013
A heart-attack victim is preparing to take on a challenge with a difference – driving from the west of the country to the east in a race to beat the sunrise.
Innovative Medicines Initiative Questionnaire
The London School of Economics and Political Science
This questionnaire aims to collect views on patient involvement in pharmaceutical research. Responses are 100% anonymous. The study is carried out by the Medical Technology Research Group at London School of Economics.
County Durham hospitals pilot phone-check system for warfarin patients
thenorthernecho.co.uk, 15 July 2013
A PILOT project which allows patients with long-term conditions to phone in their own blood results rather than attend weekly hospital appointments is being tried out.
Marathon man Bill Kerr: 'Despite it all, I still love running’
telegraph.co.uk, 14 July 2013
Kerr's arrhythmia was discovered after he suffered five cardiac arrests in one day.
Campaign for defibrillators in Northumberland schools
ITV Tyne Tees, 12 July 2013
Awareness of the condition Sudden Cardiac Arrest has been increasing ever since Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Heart Lane during Bolton's FA Cup match with Tottenham on 17 March 2012.
More than 300 turn out at Bexleyheath Academy for Philip Lamin memorial concert
bexleytimes.co.uk, 9 July 2013
More than 300 Bexleyheath Academy students, family and friends came together for a second charity event to raise money for Hearts & Goals and celebrate the life of Philip Lamin.
NICE seeks new members for its independent advisory committees on the use of health technologies
NICE, 10 July 2013
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is recruiting members to join its four independent advisory Appraisal Committees. The Appraisal Committees consider and interpret evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of health technologies and formulates recommendations on their use.
Pot hole 'reset man's heart rhythm' as he was being rushed to hospital
Daily Mail, 5 July 2013
The grandfather was on a stretcher in the back of an ambulance being taken to hospital after collapsing at home while exercising on a cross-trainer.
He had suffered a suspected ventricular tachycardia attack – a potentially fatal heart rhythm.
Miracle man Jim makes five-star recovery
portsmouth.co.uk, 2 July 2013
Jim Smallbone shrugged off picking up a five-wicket haul almost a year to the day that he ‘died’ on a cricket field.
Fabrice Muamba becomes a dad for the second time
Bolton News, 28 June 2013
MIRACLE man Fabrice Muamba is celebrating following the birth of his second child.
Survivor of cardiac arrest raises funds to save more lives
Nottingham Post, 29 June 2013
A NOTTS man who survived a sudden cardiac arrest similar to the one that struck former footballer Fabrice Muamba has started a fundraiser.
Arrhythmia Alliance - Australia Ltd charity registration
Arrhythmia Alliance - Australia Ltd (ABN 32 162 163 902) has been registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). We look forward to starting a new chapter in Australia and to begin promoting better understanding, diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for individuals with cardiac arrhythmias.
Petition for life-saving kit goes to Number 10
worcesternews.co.uk, 20 June 2013
CAMPAIGNERS including a Worcester teenager who came back from the dead are backing calls to make defibrillators mandatory in schools.
Teacher ‘died’ for five minutes after rugby match
birminghammail.co.uk, 22 June 2013
Teacher Alex Davis was resuscitated after a cardiac arrest brought on by Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
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Curious reaction to honey 'can cause heart arrhythmia'
BBC News, 25 June 2013
Eating honey made from the pollen of rhododendrons can trigger heart arrhythmias, warn experts.
Motorhead's Lemmy gets defibrilator implant
19 June 2013
Legendary Motorhead singer, Lemmy, has reportedly been fitted with a ICD which will shock his heart back into normal rhythm automatically if he develops dangerous arrhythmias such as ventricular tachycardia (VT) which can cause sudden cardiac arrest. Fans of the band have been assured that the imminent new album will not be delayed. The proposed title of the new album is 'Aftershock'. We wish Lemmy well, and will continue to wonder if the name of the album is a coincidence.
Towards the ‘holy grail’ of anticoagulant drugs
cam.ac.uk, 17 June 2013
A new spin-out company from the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, XO1 Ltd, has raised million in funding to develop a new anticoagulant drug which has the potential to save millions of lives by preventing heart attacks and strokes without causing bleeding.
The funding, from leading life science investor Index Ventures, will be used to develop ichorcumab, an antibody invented by researchers from the University and Addenbrooke’s, which targets thrombin, the enzyme responsible for blood clotting.
Joe living life to the full
Stratford Observer, 25 June 2013
EX-ARMY man Joe Sievier shouldn't be alive. In June 2011, the 69-year-old collapsed from a sudden cardiac arrest while speaking at a policing meeting for the Bulldog Bash.
James Gandolfini dies: Sudden cardiac arrest, or a heart attack?
latimes.com, 20 June 2013
Actor James Gandolfini’s death at age 51 from an apparent cardiac arrest while in Rome shocked fans and friends alike. But sudden cardiac arrest, a misunderstood term, is all too common, cardiologists say.
Boston Standard, 21 June 2013
A mother of two from Boston has recounted the drama of saving her young son’s life by performing CPR when he suffered a cardiac arrest.
School has a defibrillator
canterburytimes.co.uk, 20 June 2013
A DONOR gave the gift of life - literally - by leaving a legacy to Herne Bay ambulance station.
Lady who has had a pacemaker all her life
timesofindia.com, 20 June 2013
Ad professional Sabah Asnani, born with a 'missing heartbeat', on what's it like to live with a pacemaker all her life.
Lifesaving devices available in village
banburyguardian.co.uk, 18 June 2013
Residents in Middleton Cheney now have extra protection thanks to a high-profile campaign fronted by former footballer Fabrice Muamba.
Age alone no barrier to ICD
medpagetoday.com, 17 June 2013
The decision to forgo implanting a defibrillator (ICD) in the elderly should not be based on age alone, but should include other risk factors for death, a large registry study found.
Campaign promotes understanding of CPR
Wigan Observer, 11 June 2013
More than half of Wiganers are unaware of the life-saving difference they can make to heart attack victims according to a new survey.
A mile and a charity smile
Bolton News, 13 June 2013
Colin steps out and organises bake off to help a good cause.
Air pollution can trigger heart arrhythmias: study
reuters.com, 13 June 2013
For people with existing heart problems, exposure to high levels of air pollution can trigger the irregular heartbeats that may lead to a stroke or heart attack, according to a new study.
Children in the market for life-saving lessons
Bolton News, 11 June 2013
Youngsters have been learning how to save lives - while they were shopping.
I should be dead...I should not be alive
Coventry Telegraph, 14 June 2013
Ex army officer tells of moment his heart stopped.
Mardy Fish to miss Wimbledon
sportsmole.co.uk, 15 June 2013
Mardy Fish has announced that he will not be taking part in this year's Wimbledon.
Sir David Attenborough back at work and feeling fine after urgent pacemaker operation
mirror.co.uk, 13 June 2013
TV legend's spokesman told the Mirror: "He appreciated all the concern and good wishes that came his way"
Arrhythmias more common in intense athletes: study
reuters.com, 13 June 2013
(Reuters Health) - Cross-country skiers who have completed more races at faster speeds have a higher risk of developing a heart rhythm disorder than their slower, less-seasoned peers, a new study from Sweden suggests.
Sleep Apnea May Boost Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death
WebMD, 13 June 2013
Study findings bolster suspected link between sleep disorder and heart-related death.
Stanford mum campaigns for lifesaving equipment
echo-news.co.uk, 10 June 2013
FUNDRAISERS have beaten their target to raise cash for a defibrillator in Stanford-le-Hope.
Are you patient on warfarin therapy?
The AntiCoagulation Self Monitoring Alliance (ACSMA) was launched in October 2012 with the specific objective of achieving greater access via prescription to INR self-monitoring technology for people on long-term warfarin therapy. There are more than 1.2 million people in the UK on warfarin, but fewer than two per cent of them currently benefit from self-monitoring , despite evidence that it can cut the risk of death by nearly two-fifths and more than halve the risk of strokes . If just one in four were to self-test at home, it is estimated it could save the NHS about £62 million a year. The AF Association is a member of ACMSA and we believe that these changes will improve health outcomes, patient choice and convenience, as well as save time and money for both individuals and the NHS.
If you are a patient on warfarin therapy, or the carer of someone who is, you can help the ACSMA campaign by completing a very short survey. The survey is totally anonymous and takes only 5-10 minutes to complete. Click below to be taken directly to the survey:
To pledge your support for ACSMA’s campaign to ensure patients on long-term warfarin are able to discuss and learn about the option of self-monitoring and to help ACSMA reach its objective of ensuring INR self-monitoring technology is available, accessible and on prescription through the NHS for eligible patients, please sign up at www.acsma.org.uk
AF Association Trustee Prof Richard Schilling appears on Daybreak
AF Association Trustee Prof Richard Schilling appeared on ITV's Daybreak on Tuesday 5 June to discuss atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder. He was interviewed alongside Tom James, member of the rowing team at London 2012. Tom was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in early 2012.
You can watch the interview below.
David Attenborough forced to undergo emergency heart surgery and get pacemaker fitted as he cancels Australia tour
Daily Mail, 4 June 2013
Presenter, 87, to undergo surgery today on urgent advice of cardiologist.
Bexleyheath Academy given defibrillator to honour tragic teen Philip Lamin
Bexley Times, 3 June 2013
Life-saving heart equipment is being donated to Bexleyheath Academy to honour a student who died from a cardiac arrest earlier this year.
Website of the week
Daily Mirror, 3 June 2013
June 3-9 is Heart Rhythm Week.
Hearty fare promised at Bake-Off
Bolton News, 30 May 2013
A Bake-Off to raise money and awareness of sudden cardiac arrests.
Free CPR sessions for staff during Heart Rhythm Week
Birmingham University, 24 May 2013
Basic Life Support Demonstrations During Heart Rhythm Week
The student-led group Resuscitation for Medical Disciplines (RMD) will hold practical demonstrations of key Basic Life Support (BLS) techniques within the College of Medical & Dental Sciences as part of Heart Rhythm week.
Great Manchester Run: Muamba starts race for 40,000
BBC News, 26 May 2013
Forty thousand runners are taking part in the Great Manchester Run Manchester, which has been started by former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba.
Defibrillator set for fire station
A lifesaving defibrillator is set to be installed at Bury St Edmunds fire station.
Schools fitted with defibrillators in North Lanarkshire
BBC News, 24 May 2013
North Lanarkshire Council is set to be the first local authority in Scotland to install life-saving defibrillators in all of its high schools.
Vigorous athletic activity is safe with implanted arrhythmia devices
healthcanal.com, 20 May 2013
There has long been concern that people with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) should not participate in any kind of strenuous sports activity for fear that their devices could fail.
IAPO calls on WHO Member States to adopt a patient-centred approach in WHO’s Twelfth General Programme of Work
IAPO, 21 May 2013
The International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) today urged World Health Organization (WHO) Member States to adopt a patient-centred approach in WHO’s Twelfth General Programme of Work (GPW12). This request was central to an intervention made by Carol Bennett, IAPO Board Member, at the Sixty-sixth session of the WHO World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
Warwickshire town in defibrillator 'first'
Tredington parish in Warwickshire places lifesaving Hearts & Goals public-access defibrillator.
myhealthapps.net is a new website to be launched in November 2013, and brought to you by PatientView. For this website, PatientView is working with the NHS Commissioning Board to develop ways in which the public and patients can find health apps that are safe, reliable and high quality. The project is being funded through multi-stakeholder partnerships, including health consumer and mobile operators.
As part of the exercise, we are asking if YOU CAN TELL US, in a few words, what qualities you (or the people your organisation represents) would like health apps to provide.
Then, when you exit the short questionnaire, you will be sent via a link to the NHS Library of Health Apps, in case you would like to add any of your own reviews to apps that the Library already has on its website.
The process should take no more than a few minutes of your time. To provide your opinion on what you, or the people your organization represents, wants from health apps. Please click here
New guidance for Inherited arrhythmias
medpagetoday.com, 13 May 2013
DENVER - A redefinition of Brugada syndrome diagnosis based on ECG alone, and a new look at short QT syndrome and repolarization are featured in new consensus guidelines on inherited arrhythmias.
IPad 2 May Interfere With Heart Implants, Study Shows
medicalnewstoday.com, 12 May 2013
The magnets in iPad 2 tablets and their covers are capable of interfering with heart implants, including pacemakers, according to a new small study presented Thursday at Heart Rhythm 2013, the Heart Rhythm Society's 34th Annual Scientific Sessions.
Wireless Pacemaker Shows Promise in Early Study
health.usnews.com, 9 May 2013
Device implanted directly in the heart, but questions remain about long-term use, safety.
Miracle of heart attack dad who was dead for an hour
Daily Express, 29 April 2013
David Binks, 28, was brought back to life more than an hour after he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.
New ECG app available to Arrhythmia Alliance members!
The AliveCor app for iPhone 4/4S is available for Arrhythmia Alliance members before it's official launch in the UK!
The heart monitor app, which was released in the USA last month, has been given CE-mark approval in the UK.
The app is designed for medical professionals, patients and health conscious individuals to record, display, store and transfer single-channel electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythms. These recordings could be saved on the mobile phone or shared with others (such as your doctor) via email.
How it works
The heart monitor snaps onto your iPhone 4 or 4S like a case and wirelessly communicates with the app on your phone. No pairing between your iPhone and the Heart Monitor is required. The free AliveECG app will be available for download from the Apple App Store when you receive your Heart Monitor. Once in the app, create a free account and you're ready to begin recording ECGs. It's that easy to get started; www.AliveCor.com provides you with anytime, anywhere, fully secure, online access to all of your ECGs. Once you have the Heart Monitor and the AliveECG app you can create an account that gives you access to your ECG data.
AliveCor's Heart Monitor has been used in several clinical trials along with rigorous testing through numerous medical professionals and in many ongoing studies at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, USC's Center for Body Computing, and other institutions.
It has demonstrated accuracy and efficiency to produce a single-channel rate and rhythm assessment.
Arrhythmia Alliance members have the chance to purchase the app before it is officially launched next week. Also, an exclusive discount of £5 is available with voucher code 'hrc2013a' when bought from Amazon. A donation of your purchase will also be given to Arrhythmia Alliance.
The AliveCor app is £169 (including VAT) with free delivery in the UK. Order yours here.
The heart monitor for iPhone 5 will be available soon.
Football star in charity plea
Lancashire Living, 1 May 2013
Former Premier League footballer Fabrice Muamba is calling on the people of Lancashire to sign up for this year's Bupa Great Manchester Run and raise money for great causes.
PACT - a simple step to save lives
thisiskent.co.uk, 24 April 2013
You could save a life by simply checking a pulse.
Sudden cardiac death 'a huge challenge'
Irish Health, 24 April 2013
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) among young people in Ireland remains ‘a huge challenge' for families, communities and medical services, doctors have said.
NICE Briefing: A new role for NICE in social care
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has a new name and new responsibilities to develop guidance and quality standards for social care in England.
Confused by changes within the NHS?
This infographic provides a valuable insight into the changes and impact on care.
The Brinscall girl who 'died' 50 times
Lancashire Life, 9 April 2013
For a young woman who has ‘died’ 50 times in her short life, Amy Lynch remains remarkably cheerful. In fact, with a little help from her mother, Lynne Lynch, the conversation regularly dissolves into gales of helpless laughter.
Have you inherited a fatal heart condition? Lucy has, but at least it was spotted in time
Daily Mail, 8 April 2013
Funeral home signs up to pacemaker recycling scheme
The Northern Echo, 3 April 2013
A FUNERAL parlour is helping solve the often overlooked problem of what to do with pacemakers removed from bodies prior to cremation.
New heart monitor available in the UK
25 March 2013
AliveCor's Heart Monitor has CE-mark conformity for sale in the U.K. to all medical professionals, patients and health conscious individuals, to record, display, store, and transfer single-channel electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythms.
Keep tuned for updates.
Pair's Thames Path trek to help hearts
swindonadvertiser.co.uk, 29 March 2013
A COUPLE will be trekking 100km to raise money for a heart charity.
Electrode vest gives hope to heart rhythm patients
BBC News, 29 March 2013
Doctors are using special vests to precisely diagnose abnormal heart rhythms, in the first UK tests of their kind.
The girl who died 50 times
Lancashire Life, April 2013
A young girl's blackouts puzzled doctors for decades until a determined Mum and team of talented medics solved the mystery.
Letter to Editor
The Times, 25 March 2013
Trudie Lobban MBE, CEO & Trustee of A-A writes to the editor of The Times ahead of AED debate in Parliament.
Public defibrillator to be unveiled by former England player
thisisguernsey.com, 19 March 2013
Former Premiership and England footballer Fabrice Muamba will unveil Guernsey’s first public defibrillator on 14 April, it has been announced.
Five-inch defibrillator fitted inside the body of Accrington teenager with 'Muamba' heart defect
Blackburn Citizen, 15 March 2013
A TEENAGER with a fatal heart condition is one of only two people in the UK to be fitted with a defibrillator under his skin.
Former Bolton star Fabrice Muamba ‘honorary starter’ of Great Manchester Run one year after on-pitch heart attack
Mancunian Matters, 19 March 2013
A year after suffering an on-pitch cardiac arrest, former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba will be the honorary starter of the 10km Bupa Great Manchester Run.
Loving gaze: When family witness CPR at home
theheart.org, 13 March 2013
Bobigny, France - It's a nightmare situation that no one would want to witness: efforts to resuscitate a loved one who has collapsed at home. A new study, however, suggests that close relatives who were specifically invited to witness cardiopulmonary-resuscitation (CPR) efforts on an adult patient with cardiac arrest in the home were much less likely to have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-related symptoms than those who were not given the choice to be present.
More than 800 flock to funeral of Bexleyheath Academy teen Philip Lamin
Bexleyheath Times, 13 March 2013
There was laughter and tears in almost equal measure as more than 800 people gathered to celebrate the life of popular Bexleyheath Academy teenager Philip Lamin who died from a cardiac arrest.
Warriors Chairman opens care home
Arrhythmia Alliance attended the opening of a new care home in Worcester to accept a donation.
East Anglian Daily Times, 8 March 2013
A campaigning son is appealing for support in his bid to raise £24,000 to buy 12 heart defibrillators to put in schools and public places in memory of his mother.
Talk on arrhythmia
Caroline Holmes from the A-A was welcomed at Stratford upon Avon Rotary Club.
Life-support training vital
Belfast Telegraph, 6 March 2013