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

NICE, 1 February 2016

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

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The human heart is amazing

The Spectrum, 1 February 2016

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

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Frost’s son was not told of fatal heart condition

The Sunday Times, 31 January 2016

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

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

Change.org, 25 January 2016

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

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

Mirror, 11 January 2016

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

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Toowoomba mum and son with rare heart condition

The Chronicle, 7 January 2016

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

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Knowing the Signs of Cardiac Arrest Could Save a Life

States Chronicle, 1 January 2016

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

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

Daily Mail, 22 December 2015

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

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Zoll LiveVest wearable defibrillator receives FDA approval for paediatric use

Cardiac Rhythm News, 18 December 2015

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

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

Daily Mail
16 December 2015

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

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

SCSL Health
7 December 2015

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

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Medtronic recalls InSync III pacemakers due to battery issue

13 December 2015

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

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

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

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

Boston Scientific
30 November 2015

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

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Helping people with AF make informed choices about their treatment

24 November 2015

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

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

Sutton Guardian
21 November 2015

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

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

Boehringer Ingelheim
17 November 2015

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

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

One MK
13 November 2015

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

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

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

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

The Good Health Suite
29 October 2015

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

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

28 October 2015

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

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Blackouts and near drownings may signal sudden death risk

Cardiac Rhythm News
26 October 2015

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

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Heart Attack vs. Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Understanding the Difference

Huffpost Healthy Living
25 October 2015

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

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AliveCor Mobile ECG Shows Momentum as Tool for AFib Detection 


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

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


16 October 2015

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

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5 Myths and Misconceptions about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

Health News Digest
7 October 2015

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

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Revolutionary Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion procedure to be tested at hospitals


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

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


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

Daily Mail
29 September 2015

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

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Abnormal heartbeat, arrhythmia can be prevented: study

Latinos Health
29 September 2015

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

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

27 September 2015

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

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

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

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

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


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

Daily Mail
22 September 2015

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

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

Daily Record
20 September 2015

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

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

Kent Online
18 September 2015

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

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

21 September 2015

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

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

iMedical Apps
17 September 2015

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

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Protecting Your Pacemaker from Smartphones, Power Lines

Health Essentials
14 September 2015

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

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Billie Jean King talks AFib and stroke risk

Fox News
13 September 2015

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

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

South Wales Evening Post, 7 September 2015

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

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Defibrillator implanted under skin works without wires

Vancouver Sun, 4 September 2015

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

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Take it to heart

News4Jax, 4 September 2015

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

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Warwick woman loses 8.5 stone to beat heart surgery

Leamington Spa The Courier
3 September 2015

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

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

Huffington Post
3 September 2015

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

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Diploma in Syncope and related disorders

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
1 September 2015

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

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

Daily Mail
31 August 2015

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

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

News Medical
31 August 2015

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

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

Daily Mail
31 August 2015

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

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

Daily Mail
30 August 2015

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

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

30 August 2015

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

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 Experience: I have sudden death syndrome

The Guardian
28 August 2015

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

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

25 August 2015

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

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IMPORTANT: Statement on Device Malfunction

August 2015

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

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

Daily Echo
23 August 2015

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

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Speedway: Chris Widman takes heart after feeling benefit of surgery

The Sentinel
20 August 2015

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

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AliveCor Mobile ECG

August 2015

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

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AliveCor Mobile ECG Clinical Research

AliveCor Mobile ECG
12 August 2015

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

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

10 August 2015

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

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The future of anticoagulation management in atrial fibrillation in Europe

6 August 2015

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

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AliveCor Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

6 August 2015

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

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Joe Jackson out of intensive care

TV Newsroom
6 August 2015

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

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Huge variation in use of new anticoagulants “completely unacceptable”

Arrhythmia News
6 August 2015

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

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Cardiac symptoms men should never ignore

4 August 2015

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

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

This is Lancashire
2 August 2015

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

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Increasing the odds of cardiac arrest survival

1 August 2015

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

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

Daily Mail
1 August 2015

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

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Dramatic river rescue in Stratford on Avon prompts defibrillator call

Stratford Observer
30 July 2015

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

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

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

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Offer anticoagulants instead of aspirin for stroke prevention, says NICE

30 July 2015

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

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

NHS England, July 2015

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

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

Daily Mail, 29 July 2015

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

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

Financial Express, 29 July 2015

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

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

Daily Mail, 27 July 2015

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

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Getting in shape may help reduce irregular heart rhythm

Reuters, 24 July 2015

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

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

20 July 2015
Daily Mail

The bereft 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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hero dog helps save owner's life after heart attack

ITV News

They say dogs are a man's best friend, but for Joanna Mellor her dog Leo is an actual lifesaver.

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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.

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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.

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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.’

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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)...

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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.

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Phone app that could save your life

Daily Mail, 16 June 2015

Smartphone gadget could help patients self-diagnose serious heart condition in seconds

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...
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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...
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Arrhythmia Watch News Issue 56

Arrhythmia Watch, 29 May 2015
An educational resource for cardiac rhythm management...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.

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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 andrew@heartrhythmalliance.org 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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EXCLUSIVE: Bafetimbi Gomis collapse brought back bad memories – Fabrice Muamba

express.co.uk, 6 March 2015