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Hospital at the forefront of cardiac monitoring technology

blackmorevale.co.uk, 15 April 2014
Cardiac specialists at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital can now monitor patients who suffer from blackouts or irregular heartbeats via state-of-the-art devices that can be inserted in just 45 seconds, with no need for surgery.
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Village safer thanks to defibrillator campaign

cotswoldjournal.co.uk, 14 April 2014
A VILLAGE near Moreton is now safer in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest thanks to a dedicated resident.
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Painkillers linked to higher risk of stroke: Alert over prescription medicines used by millions

telegraph.co.uk, 9 April 2014
Irregular heart rhythm can lead to more serious problems including stroke, heart failure and reduced life expectancy.
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Landmark study evaluates use of AliveCor Heart Monitor in community screening for atrial fibrillation

imedicalapps.com, 4 April 2014
Researchers in Sydney, Australia published a landmark study, the SEARCH-AF trial, this week in which the AliveCor Heart Monitor, a single lead ECG device built into an iPhone case, was used to screen 1,000 patients in community pharmacies for atrial fibrillation.
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IAPO 6th Global Patients' Congress

April 2014

Arrhythmia Alliance thanks Rosemary Najim for attending the 6th Global Patients Congress on our behalf. You can read her write up of the Congress below.

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Heart rhythm patients invited to Cheltenham support group

gloucestershireecho.co.uk, 3 April 2014
Patients have been invited to find out more about heart rhythm disorders at a Cheltenham support group.
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Job Vacancy: Senior Associate, Projects & Communications

March 2014
Our sister charity, AF Association, is currently recruiting for a Senior Projects & Communications Associate.
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Job Vacancy: Associate, Projects & Communications

March 2014
Our sister charity, AF Association, is currently recruiting for a Projects & Communications Associate.
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Consultation on advertising of e-cigarettes: Closing date 28 April

March 2014
The Committee of Advertising Practice and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice, the organisations which create the rules for advertising and marketing in the UK, are consulting on the creation of new specific rules intended to cover the interim period ahead of the UK implementation of the measures in the EU Tobacco Products Directive, due to come into effect around May 2016.
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Thatcham hearts in good hands after groups fund town defibrillator

newburytoday.co.uk, 11 March 2014
PEOPLE using Thatcham town centre for shopping and leisure can be reassured that new lifesaving equipment has been installed in the town centre.
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Dallas Stars ice hockey player Rich Peverley collapses on the bench with cardiac arrest during first period

mailonline.co.uk, 11 March 2014
Dallas Star forward Rich Peverley fell unconscious after collapsing on the bench at last night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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New type of ICD implanted at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

blackpoolgazette.co.uk, 11 March 2014
Heart surgeons at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are using a new type of defibrillator, placed under the skin, to help treat irregular heart beats.
 

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PE teacher being inteviewed for job saves life of teenager who had heart attack at Mountbatten School in Romsey

dailyecho.co.uk, 10 March 2014
IT WASN’T quite the test she was expecting when she was interviewed for a top job at a Hampshire school.
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Cardiac Arrest: What should you do?

itv.com, 6 March 2014
About 103,000 people suffer from heart attacks in the UK each year and to try and, in a bit to try and help people in their area who have them the Windermere First Responders have raised over £5600 to install four life-saving defibrillators around their area.
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AliveCor launches expert ECG analysis service

Users in the UK and Ireland now have the opportunity to receive analysis of their heart health from UK-based cardiac physiologists in 24 hours via their mobile devices.

 

Patients can continue to share their ECG recordings for analysis with either their own doctor via email or through AliveCor’s free Provider Dashboard.

 

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Cardiac first at East Kent Hospitals

ekhuft.nhs.uk, 4 March 2014
William Harvey Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital have become one of the first hospitals in the country – and the first in Kent – to implant the smallest cardiac monitoring device available in patients.
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Phone diagnoses serious heart problem

lhch.nhs.uk, February 2014
Mike Ward will always be an iPhone fan, after a serious heart problem was diagnosed using his own device.
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Fabrice Muamba's wife offers a healthy twist with her cooking sauces range

thegrocer.co.uk, 1 March 2014
Fabrice Muamba’s wife calls on supermarkets to install defibrillators as she launches new Caribbean cooking sauces range.
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Dorset County Hospital patients set to benefit from new pacemaker technology

dorsetecho.co.uk, 28 February 2014
CARDIAC patients at Dorset County Hospital are set to benefit from the very latest in pacemaker technology.
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A-A Founder and Trustee welcomes new device on BBC Breakfast

BBC Breakfast
5 February 2014: Founder and Trustee of Arrhythmia Alliance, Trudie Lobban MBE FRCP (Edin) appears on BBC Breakfast and welcomes new revolutionary injectable heart monitor for undiagnosed patients.

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Mum shares her atrial tachycardia story

coventrytelegraph.net, 27 February 2014
Jodie Sweeney diagnosed with heart condition after years of being told it was down to stress.
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A-A welcomes Scottish investment in life-saving equipment for local communities

News Release, 24 February 2014
Arrhythmia Alliance, The Heart Rhythm Charity welcomes news that local communities across Scotland will benefit from a£100,000 investment in public access AEDs (defibrillators) from Scottish Government.
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Lifesaving defibrillators should be as 'ubiquitous' as fire extinguishers, doctors say

independent.co.uk, 20 February 2014
Lifesaving defibrillators should be as “ubiquitous” as fire extinguishers, doctors have said, after research in the UK revealed that the machines were on-hand in public spaces for just four per cent of heart attacks.
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Support for heart patients

andoveradvertiser.co.uk, 6 February 2014
A NEW local group has been set up for patients with heart rhythm disorders.
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Grandmother is first in Britain to have revolutionary new pacemaker

Mail Online, 1 February 2014
A grandmother has become the first patient in Britain to receive a pacemaker that can be fitted in seven minutes.
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Funding of £100,000 to boost defibrillator numbers

news.bbc.co.uk, 24 February 2014
Funding of £100,000 has been announced to increase the number of public access defibrillators across Scotland.
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Public Health victory as European Parliament backs Tobacco Products Directive

26 February 2014
Arrhythmia Alliance is proud to have supported the successful passing of new EU Tobacco Products Directive.
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Heart-safe efforts may bring award for Arrhythmia Alliance Hearts & Goals campaigner

Redditch Standard, 7 February 2014
A WOMAN who spearheaded Alcester’s bid to become a heart safe town has been nominated for a national award.
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Mini heart monitor implant is one of the first in UK

Northern Echo, 5 February 2014
THE James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough has become the first in the UK to implant a new miniature wireless heart monitor.
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The AAA pacemaker: It's the size of a small battery and takes just seven minutes to fit

Mail Online, 25 January 2014
The first six British patients have been implanted with  a wireless pacemaker – smaller than an AAA battery – that is set to revolutionise the treatment of heart disease.
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Debate in parliament on Atrial Fibrillation

Oral Answers to Questions — Health, 14 January 2014
On 14 January 2014 Glyn Davies, MP for Montgomeryshire and Chair of the APGAF, alongside Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield, asked parliament what steps they were taking to promote awareness of atrial fibrillation.

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Cardiac arrest footballer Mark Moore from Longlevens reunited with paramedics who saved his life

Gloucestercitizen.co.uk, 18 January 2014
CARDIAC arrest footballer Mark Moore has been reunited with his lifesavers.
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Depression Linked To Irregular Heartbeat: Atrial Fibrillation Tied To Intensified Depressive Symptoms

medicaldaily.com, 15 December 2013
Could an irregular heartbeat increase your risk of depression? In a new study, researchers from the University Heart Center in Hamburg have identified a strong link between heart rhythm disorders and symptoms associated with depressive disorder. The findings shed further light on the suggested correlation between cardiovascular and psychiatric events.
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Defibrillator on mountain pass near Llangollen could help save lives

newsnorthwales.co.uk, 24 December 2013
A beautyspot has taken delivery of a life-saving defibrillator.
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Call to install defibrillators at all sports venues

Edinburgh Evening News, 26 December 2013
CALLS are mounting for life-saving heart equipment to be installed at all community and sporting facilities in Scotland in the wake of the tragic death of a teenage footballer.
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Tributes after two young Edinburgh footballers die

Edinburgh Evening News, 23 December 2013
Tributes have been paid to two teenage football stars who have died in separate tragedies on the same day.
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Founder & Trustee elected as FRCP Edin Fellow

Arrhythmia Alliance, 19 December 2013
We are pleased to announce that our Founder & Trustee, Trudie Lobban MBE, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.The award recognises Trudie’s commitment to improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for all those affected by arrhythmias and syncope.

“I am hugely honoured to be welcomed as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. It is a significant achievement for the Arrhythmia Alliance Group.”


Defibrillation is the key to quick heart reviving relief as figures prove it

BurtonMail.co.uk, 8 December 2013
THROUGH the years I have written many stories about fund-raising activities in a bid to buy defibrillators, and while I knew it was a machine to aid people in CPR, I had never seen one and had never seen one in action.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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'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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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New pacemaker doesn't need surgery

skynews.com.au, 14 October 2013
The world's first leadless pacemaker is being introduced into the UK.
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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
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Fast action saved man's life after cardiac arrest

cotswoldjournal.co.uk, 3 October 2013

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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

Further information


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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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AllTrials petition

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.
 

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Muamba set to drop in

Dunmow Broadcast, 11 July 2013

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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.

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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.
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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.
Complete Questionnaire
 


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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Arrhythmia Alliance - Australia Ltd charity registration

July 2013
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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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Mum relives drama of saving her son’s life with CPRRachel Fowlston with son Lewis.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A mile and a charity smile

Bolton News, 13 June 2013
Colin steps out and organises bake off to help a good cause.
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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.
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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.
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I should be dead...I should not be alive

Coventry Telegraph, 14 June 2013
Ex army officer tells of moment his heart stopped.
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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.
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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"
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.ACSMA

 

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:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6NFMCHK

 

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.
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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.
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Website of the week

Daily Mirror, 3 June 2013
June 3-9 is Heart Rhythm Week.

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Hearty fare promised at Bake-Off

Bolton News, 30 May 2013
A Bake-Off to raise money and awareness of sudden cardiac arrests.
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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.
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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.
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Defibrillator set for fire station

A lifesaving defibrillator is set to be installed at Bury St Edmunds fire station.
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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.
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