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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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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
THE man who ‘died’ at White Hart Lane has ­described the moment he learnt of Bafetimbi Gomis collapsing on the same pitch: “Not that place again.”
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Bafetimbi Gomis collapse: Alarming to witness but recovery is swift

independent.co.uk, 5 March 2015
Although initially extremely alarming, especially given memories of the moment Fabrice Muamba’s heart stopped beating on the same pitch three years ago, Bafétimbi Gomis’ blackout at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night is not comparable to that so nearly tragic incident.
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Dog that has a pacemaker just like her owner!

express.co.uk, 19 February 2015
Catherine, 41, had her cardiovascular device inserted in 2011 when she was diagnosed with heart block – an abnormal heart rhythm where the heart beats too slowly.
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Carterton pupils secure defibrillator for school with healthy interest in first aid

oxfordmail.co.uk, 16 February 2015
A POTENTIALLY lifesaving defibrillator is to be installed at Carterton Community College after pupils showed a healthy interest in leaning first aid.
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UK based cardiologist pioneers new heart mapping system to treat atrial fibrillation

MailOnline.co.uk, 15 February 2015
The consultant who treated Tony Blair’s heart ‘flutter’ is pioneering a same-day method to detect and treat similar cardiac problems. A ‘heart detective’ system is being used to root out the cause of disorders that make the heart beat too slowly, too fast or out of sync.
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Learn how to use a public-access defibrillator

In this video, Jon Needle, Community Partnerships Manager at East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, demonstrates how to use a public-access defibrillator to save lives in a community setting.

The life-saving heart device that costs £2,000 and tells your doctor when there's a problem

jerseyeveningpost.com, 10 February 2015
AT least 30 Islanders have benefited from a revolutionary new health procedure that allows doctors to accurately diagnose heart conditions that they may have previously missed.
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Important notice if you are about to purchase an AED

February 2015

WARNING – If you are about to purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED) please read.

Our strong advice is to never purchase a second-hand defibrillator unless you have the original certificate of purchase and full history of its use and previous owner’s details, which can then be verified and not listed on a stolen list.

Sadly there have been reported thefts of AED’s from unlocked and locked cabinets and it can only be assumed that these despicable people who show no regard or value for other people’s lives believe a stolen device has some monetary value.

A second-hand defibrillator (AED) has NO monetary value. Each defibrillator has a serial number and can always be traced. AED’s need constant daily/weekly checking and monitoring – without such monitored governance they may not operate correctly or at all if used at the time of an emergency.

If anyone approaches you selling or advertising an AED – treat the offer with great caution as you may be wasting your money but more importantly, putting a life at risk.  If you can, report it to your local police.

We are providing you with this information to protect you and others and to ensure everything possible is done to avoid the risk of an unnecessary death. If we can kill the demand of any stolen defibrillators, then we will be saving lives.

REMEMBER...if it is cheap and looks a bargain then it is most likely STOLEN and can be traced and may not work when you require it.

Defibrillator campaigner invited to speak in parliament

theboltonnews.co.uk, 26 January 2015
A CAMPAIGNER who wants every school in Bolton to receive a defibrillator will speak in parliament tomorrow urging MPs to support her cause.
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Why we should all know how to use a defibrillator to save lives

home.bt.com, 14 January 2014
Using a defibrillator can increase sudden cardiac arrest survival chances so why aren't there more life-saving machines around? We look at the campaigns hoping to change this.
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Support group for heart patients gets top award

theboltonnews.co.uk, 9 January 2015
A SUPPORT group for heart patients has been recognised for its vital work across Bolton after it received a top award.
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Southam College has finger on the pulse to help save lives

coventrytelegraph.net, 5 January 2015
Staff and pupils receive defibrillator to help restart someone's heart during cardiac arrest
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Sky star Kirsty Gallacher: The first aid heroes who saved my dad... after he 'died' three times

MailOnline.co.uk, 20 December 2014
So many details surrounding golfer Bernard Gallacher’s sudden cardiac arrest in August last year remain a mystery.
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Neville recalls new-style ablation procedure to treat atrial flutter

MailOnline.co.uk, 30 December 2014
Atrial flutter is a common heart rhythm problem. Neville Glasgow, 66, a retired bus driver living in Streatham, South London, underwent a new procedure, as he tells DIANA PILKINGTON.
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Jersey ambulance service call for defibrillator cabinets

bbc.co.uk, 29 December 2014
Companies with a defibrillator should buy a cabinet and put it outside so it can be more easily reached, according to the Jersey ambulance service.
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New treatment could lead to breakthrough in stroke treatment

leicestermercury.co.uk, 27 December 2014
A Groby grandfather has made stepped into the medical history books at the city’s Glenfield Hospital.
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Life saving pulse checks on offer at East Kilbride flu clinic this week

dailyrecord.co.uk, 10 December 2014
TOMORROW marks the first day of lifesaving pulse checks at the flu clinic in East Kilbride's Hunter Health Centre.
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Heart arrythmia support group off to a flying start at Grantham hospital

granthamjournal.co.uk, 9 December 2014
A group which supports people with heart arrythmia was successfully launched last week.
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Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group to host free pulse check event in the Ashley Centre, Epsom

Epsom, 23 January 2015
Free pulse checks available from 10am-3pm.
Please email Daisy for further information

Reading railway station gets gift of life from house builder

jackfmberkshire.co.uk, 4 December 2014
Passengers at Reading railway station have increased chances of surviving a cardiac arrest - thanks to Bewley Homes
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Become a member of the West Midlands Health Informatics Network

December 2014
WIN is group of professionals, patients/carers and enthusiasts who are passionate about health service improvement, education and research in the health informatics domain. To improve health services and outcomes for patients/carers, we collate relevant information and provide guidance on health informatics solutions for the benefit of healthcare organisations in the West Midlands.
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Goaltender comes to aid of fan in cardiac arrest before game

foxsports.com, 28 November 2014
Patrick O'Brien plays in the Central-West Senior Hockey League in Gander, a Canadian town located on the island of Newfoundland.
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Revealed: capital’s postcode lottery in survival rates for cardiac arrest

standard.co.uk, 2 December 2014
A postcode lottery in cardiac arrest survival rates was revealed today, with patients almost five times more likely to die if they fall ill in part of east rather than north London.
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Irish Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) says putting AEDs in all public places would cost €105m

independent.ie, 2 December 2014
PUTTING heart defibrillators in all public places would cost €105m and save 50 lives over five years.
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Cryoballoon procedure quicker to perform than coventional ablation

MailOnline.co.uk, 2 December 2014
Atrial fibrillation — an erratic heartbeat — affects up to 800,000 Britons, and can lead to a stroke if left untreated.
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Ceremony to remember hero doctor who saved Bernard Gallacher’s life

pressandjournal.co.uk, 15 November 2014
A special ceremony in memory of a hero doctor who saved golf legend Bernard Gallacher’s life takes place tomorrow.
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Miracle man Fabrice Muamba stars in choir as Children in Need raises whopping £32.6m

boltonnews.co.uk, 16 November 2014
EX-WANDERERS star Fabrice Muamba joined a celebrity choir at the BBC's Children in Need fundraiser.
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Highest cardiac arrest survival in London

itv.com, 7 November 2014
People who have a cardiac arrest in the capital are more likely to survive than ever before, according to figures released today by London Ambulance Service.
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Gloucestershire Arrhythmia Support Group

stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk, 7 November 2014
DO YOU suffer from an irregular heart beat such as atrial fibrillation?
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Tennis ace Oudin diagnosed with AVNRT

tennis.com, 5 November 2014
American tennis pro Melanie Oudin says she will have a procedure Thursday for a heart condition, then surgery later this month for an eye problem.
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Revolutionary Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion procedure to be tested at hospitals

oxfordtimes.co.uk, 3 November 2014
PIONEERING heart treatments are to be tested by Oxford surgeons.
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'Coolest car in London' saves lives

news.bbc.co.uk, 2 November 2014
The "Cool Car" brings hospital expertise right to the scene of emergencies. Overall just 9% of cardiac arrest victims in the UK survive long enough to leave hospital. This new approach could dramatically boost that figure.
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Police come up with imaginative new use for tax disc holder

boltonnews.co.uk, 16 October 2014
POLICE have dreamed up a new use for the licence disc holders that every car carries on its windscreen - one which could save lives.
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UK surgeons develop new 3D mapping technique for heart rhythm ops

ibtimes.co.uk, 12 October 2014
Pioneering technique gives surgeons live images of 'short-circuits' in heart muscle
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AF Association Medical Advisory Committee member wins prestigious award

Dr Matthew Fay, a GP with a special interest in AF at Westcliffe Medical Practice in Shipley, West Yorkshire, has been awarded a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his work advancing anticoagulation care.

Dr Fay accepted his award at the Quality in Care (QiC) Anticoagulation Awards ceremony in London on Tuesday 30 September 2014.

AF Association would like to congratulate Dr Fay and all other award winners, including staff at Cloyne Pharmacy, who scooped the Judges' Special Award for their excellent service to patients.

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Alton Towers: Man survives cardiac arrest thanks to quick action of community first responder team

ashbournenewstelegraph.co.uk, 18 October 2014
A MAN who suffered a cardiac arrest at Alton Towers on Friday is alive today thanks to the quick actions of community first responders (CFRs).
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Lifesaver unveiled at fire station open day

westerngazette.co.uk, 17 October 2014
CASTLE Cary’s firefighters threw open the shutters to their fire station on Saturday to welcome residents to take a behind the scenes tour of the emergency base for their annual open day.
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Should you keep an AED handy?

wcvb.com, 16 October 2014
Automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, are easy to use, and they’re effective for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest.
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Commuters try to save boy, three, who died after 'cardiac arrest' at London Bridge station

standard.co.uk, 16 October 2014
A toddler collapsed and died of a suspected sudden cardiac arrest in front of shocked commuters on a platform at London Bridge station.
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Fire service could be sent to save sudden cardiac arrest victims

news.bbc.co.uk, 9 October 2014
Co-operation between fire and ambulance services could save lives of many heart attack victims, a report has said.
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Bringing Fabrice Muamba back from the dead

guardian.co.uk, 5 October 2014
Two years ago, Shauna Muamba watched her husband almost die on the pitch at White Hart Lane. The couple talk to Anna Kessel about Fabrice’s long road to recovery – and how it has changed their family dynamic for good.
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What is a pacemaker?

newsok.com, 28 September 2014
A pacemaker is generally an implantable device that monitors heart rhythm, and in the event that the heart rate is too slow, will pace the heart. Pacemakers are often used to treat people who have slow heart rhythms, essentially providing them a faster heart beat.
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Teacher at prestigious public school described by pupils as 'one of the best' collapsed and died during cross-country run with students

mailonline.co.uk, 20 September 2014
A teacher at a prestigious Catholic public school collapsed and died during a cross-country run with pupils on Thursday.
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Thousands call for the prioritization of heart - healthy environments, to reduce the world’s number one killer

world-heart-foundation.org, September 2014
On World Heart Day 29th September 2014 , thousands of people from across the world have signed a global petition calling on national and international leaders to recognize the importance of heart - healthy environments, to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
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Rugby legend talks to GPs about sudden cardiac death in young people

jhmt.org.uk, 18 September 2014
RUGBY legend Martin Johnson is raising awareness among GPs of sudden cardiac death in young people.
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Son saves dad's life with lifesaving kit he brought home through 'sheer luck'

bridportnews.co.uk, 16th September 2014
A PORTLAND man told how ‘sheer luck’ saved his dad’s life.
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St John Ambulance calls on football fans to learn first aid skills

theguardian.com, 12 September 2014
St John Ambulance have launched a new campaign film aimed at encouraging football supporters to learn vital first aid skills. The film, Celebrate Like a Hero, has been endorsed by former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who had his life saved after going into cardiac arrest on the pitch during an FA Cup tie against Spurs in 2012.
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Joan Rivers’ Heart Arrhythmia: What To Know About Her Deadly Condition

hollywoodlife.com, 6 September 2014
Even though the cause of Joan’s death has not yet been determined, she did suffer from a scary heart condition, she once revealed in a 1985 interview.
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Miracle footballer Fabrice Muamba backs supermarket's defibrillator campaign

manchestereveningnews.co.uk, 5 September 2014
The former Bolton Wanderers star met staff at Asda as they learned how to use the equipment which saved his life after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch two years ago.
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Trudie Lobban - Life Path of the Heart

itsallpink.com, September 2014
It is said that passion is the heart of every successful venture.
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Batteryless cardiac pacemaker is based on automatic wristwatch

escardio.org, 31 August 2014
A new batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on an automatic wristwatch and powered by heart motion was presented at ESC Congress 2014 today by Adrian Zurbuchen from Switzerland. The prototype device does not require battery replacement.
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Super-fit McBusted star Harry Judd speaks out about the importance of heart health after being diagnosed with an irregular beat during marathon training

MailOnline.co.uk, 2 September 2014
McBusted star Harry Judd has today urged people to be more aware of their hearts after he was diagnosed with an irregular beat while training for a marathon.
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GRASP the Initiative Action Plan

2 September 2014: The GRASP-AF tool was designed to support GPs audit their management of AF patients and help identify patients who had presented to their GP, but had not yet been recorded as having AF.

The number of GP practices using the GRASP-AF tool has now reached more than 2,600.

This newly launched Action Plan builds on the original GRASP the Initiative report launched by AF Association in October 2012, identifying some of the steps that professionals working in primary care can take after running the GRASP-AF tool in order to optimise the treatment of people with AF registered in their Practice.

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Gallacher toasts life year after heart attack

heraldscotland.com, 25 August 2014
Golfing legend Bernard Gallacher will toast a year of good health this week after suffering a life-threatening cardiac arrest.
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Devastated wife tells how her husband died of a heart attack on Southwest Airlines flight after attendant refused to use a defibrillator on him because 'his chest was too hairy'

mailonline.co.uk, 31 August 2014
A Southwest Airlines flight attendant allegedly initially refused to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) on a passenger due to his chest hair.
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Super-fit Shaun, 19, saved by defibrillator

edinburghnews.scotsman.com, 28 August 2014
A TEENAGE sports fanatic has told how he almost died when he collapsed while cycling through Edinburgh.
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Bristol paediatric heart event

M Shed, Bristol, 28 September 2014, 11am-4pm
The paediatric cardiology team at University Hospitals Bristol are holding their fifth annual 'Up the Pace' event for families of children with ICDs or pacemakers.

The day will include interactive workshops and sessions, with families split up into three groups: adults, teens 12-18 years and children 5-11 years.

Email Stella for more information and confirm your free place.

Student's heart research finding 'could be lifesaving'

news.bbc.co.uk, 20 August 2014
An 18-year-old student has made a scientific breakthrough that could help save the lives of black athletes with undiagnosed heart problems.
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Highland distillery backs golf star’s campaign

pressandjournal.co.uk, 19 August 2014
A Highland distillery is supporting a campaign started by a leading golfer whose life was saved by a defibrillator after he had a heart attack.
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Support education around atrial fibrillation (AF) and AF-related stroke prevention

AF Association, August 2014
Are you diagnosed with AF and currently being treated with an anticoagulant? If you live in the UK, and are happy to share your story and film an account, we would love to hear from you. Films will be shared on the AF Association charity website to help other AF patients and their carers decide the treatment options and medications which are right for them.
Email Vicki for further information

Research participants needed for study into survivors of sudden cardiac arrest

Middlesex University, August 2014
A research study, which aims to explore outlook and emotional wellbeing of people who live years after surviving sudden cardiac arrest.
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Heart patients to be given placebo by paramedics in controversial trial

telegraph.co.uk, 12 August 2014
Paramedics will give patients whose heart has stopped a dummy drug as part of an 'ethically questionable' study into whether adrenalin works in resuscitation or not, it has emerged.
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Take part in research study on AF

August 2014
VISUALizE (Visualizing Uncertainty Among Laypersons and Experts), is a European wide study seeking to improve understanding of treatment decision making and monitoring of medicines which need to be considered in light of a 'benefit-risk balance'.
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Ultra endurance exercise can cause irregular heart rhythms

cbc.ca, 8 August 2014
Toronto researcher looks at impact of intensive endurance activity on heart structure, function and rhythm
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Learn how to use defibrillator and save lives

edinburghnews.scotsman.com, 30 July 2014
Without really noticing it, every day we’re surrounded by kit that can help keep us safe if the worst should happen.
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Kettering General Hospital granted over £300,000 to expand cardiac rehabilitation services

itv.com, 29 July 2014
More than 300 additional cardiac patients are expected to benefit from the funding each year.
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Christina Gabbitas to run ten 10k races in aid of Arrhythmia Alliance

yorkpress.co.uk, 17 July 2014
A POET and author from Selby is running ten 10km races in ten months to support Arrhythmia Alliance.
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Kids have Fab football time

macclesfield-express.co.uk, 15 July 2014
Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Muamba, who ‘died’ for 78 minutes during an FA Cup tie, visited Adlington Primary School.
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Tom's new tiny pacemaker

MailOnline.co.uk, 14 July 2014
More than 40,000 people a year in England are fitted with pacemakers to regulate their heartbeat, and many could benefit from a new wire-free device put inside the heart. Tom Perris, 21, a student from Totton, Hampshire, was one of the first two British patients to have it implanted.
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Miracle footballer Fabrice Muamba ''still got it'' as he blitzes fellow dads in school sports day race

mirror.co.uk, 11 July 2014
Proud wife Shauna tweeted a snap of the race won by the former Bolton midfielder, who “died” for 78 minutes on the pitch in 2012.
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Shearer support for choice of 'static site'

morpethherald.co.uk, 15 July 2014
Ponteland Leisure Centre has netted a life-saving machine.
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Kiss of life: Teen saves new boyfriend who had a sudden cardiac arrest on their first date

express.co.uk, 11 July 2014
A BEAUTY student saved the life of her new boyfriend when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on their first date - by giving him the kiss of life.
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Defibrillators at Southampton university 'will save lives'

itv.com, 7 July 2014
Ten potentially life saving defibrillators will be placed around campuses at the University of Southampton for students, staff and members of the public to use if someone goes into cardiac arrest.
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6,000 more patients with dangerous heart conditions to get built-in defibrillators

MailOnline.co.uk, 5 July 2014
More patients with potentially fatal heart conditions can now have internal defibrillators due to new guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
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Paramedic shows CPR method which saved cricketer

itv.com, 4 July 2014
After a cricketer was saved by other players when he suffered a heart attack on the pitch in Nottinghamshire, this demonstration from the East Midlands Ambulance service shows exactly how to do the same.
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Golfers take defibrillator cause to heart

fifetoday.co.uk, 2 July 2014
Leven’s twin golf clubs are driving ahead with a new venture to help save lives at one of the town’s best known sporting venues.
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Arrhythmia Alliance anniversary event

10th Anniversary of Arrhythmia Alliance. Dot Medical Staff attended the 10th Anniversary of the formation of  Arrhythmia Alliance held at the Houses of Parliament. There were inspiring speeches from Fabrice Muamba, who was famously resuscitated on the football field and is now an active proponent of Arrhythmia Alliance,  Professor John Camm, Trudie Lobban MBE, and Professor Richard Schilling.
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Muamba no.5: Fabrice's wife cooks up range of five Caribbean sauces for Hearts & Goals campaign

mancunianmatters.co.uk, 27 June 2014
Fabrice Muamba used to dribble across the field before his on-pitch cardiac arrest in 2012, but now his wife is ensuring the fans keep salivating thanks to her own range of Caribbean cooking sauces.
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Scottish golfer putts Scholars Gate on the leaderboard in St Andrews

whathouse.co.uk, 7 July 2014
Recently, Scottish golfing legend and supporter of Arrhythmia Alliance, Bernard Gallacher OBE opened McCarthy & Stone's retirement development, Scholars Gate in St Andrews, by putting a ‘hole-in-one' in the grounds of the development.
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Updated NICE guidance increases access to implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) for patients at risk of cardiac arrest or with heart failure

Arrhythmia Alliance, 25 June 2014, UK: Arrhythmia Alliance, the only UK charity dedicated to heart rhythm disorders, welcomes the release of new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in patients  with arrhythmias in the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) at risk of sudden cardiac arrest and/or ICDs and cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) in patients  living with heart failure due to a severe reduction in heart function.
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Fabrice Muamba's wife backs Royal Bolton's bid to become 'super hospital'

boltonnews.co.uk, 24 June 2014
MIRACLE man Fabrice Muamba is often looked upon as a poster boy for the life-saving benefits of specialist hospitals.
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Women Helped by CRT More Than Men

medpagetoday.com, 23 June 2014
Among patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB) and mild heart failure, women derive a benefit from cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) at shorter QRS durations compared with men, an FDA analysis showed.
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New pacemaker that imitates real heart could transform patients' lives

telegraph.co.uk, 23 June 2014
A pacemaker that matches the heart beat to variations in breathing is being developed.
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Praise for heart treatment advice that could affect thousands of West Norfolk patients

lynnnews.co.uk, 18 June 2014
New treatment guidelines, which could affect thousands of people living with a common heart problem in West Norfolk, have been welcomed by a senior consultant.
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United call for improved implementation of NICE guidance

RCP London, 18 June 2014
“Management of atrial fibrillation (AF) remains lamentable with far too many people having strokes because they have not been adequately treated either to get them back into a normal rhythm or to anticoagulate them.” Professor Tony Rudd, chair of the Intercollegiate Working Party for Stroke said today.
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Aspirin could be the wrong drug for thousands of heart patients

femalefirst.co.uk, 18 June 2014
Aspirin should no longer be used to try to prevent strokes in people with a common heart rhythm disorder, according to new guidelines.
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Miracle footballer Fabrice Muamba and wife Shauna launch Caribbean sauce range

Manchester Evening News, 18 June 2014
Shauna's cooking is already popular with Fabrice's footballer friends and now we can all sample Mrs Muamba's sauces.
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Poorly understood disorder handicaps young women

health24.com, 18 June 2014
Postural tachycardia syndrome causes a racing heartbeat when people stand up and occurs mainly in young well-educated women.
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Atrial fibrillation and aspirin

saga.co.uk, 17 June 2014
Aspirin not ideal for preventing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.
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GPs to stop prescribing aspirin for atrial fibrillation

news.sky.com, 15 June 2014
New guidelines for doctors will recommend that aspirin should not be given to patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation.
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Corrie's Liz Dawn on 'life with a pacemaker'

dailyrecord.co.uk, 12 June 2014
THE Corrie star, 74, had a pacemaker fitted last year after suffering a heart attack whilst on holiday and also admits that she still misses her co-star Bill Tarmey who died following a heart attack.
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Investigative equipment used to help diagnose injuries from complex falls in the elderly will be axed at Solihull Hospital

solihullobserver.co.uk, 12 June 2014
The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed the Tilt Table and Syncope Service is set to move to Heartlands Hospital in a bid to 'provide a better standard of care and a more robust service for all of our patients'.
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Campaign for life-saving equipment around Harrogate

harrogateadvertiser.co.uk, 11 June 2014
The UK’s biggest killer is being targeted by a Harrogate woman whose husband suffered sudden cardiac arrest while sleeping.
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World's smallest pacemaker fitted by Southampton's heart care team

dailyecho.co.uk, 9 June 2014
SOUTHAMPTON heart experts have successfully implanted the world's smallest pacemaker in a patient.
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Anticoagulants could have reduced stroke risk

telegraph.co.uk, 9 June 2014
A hospital doctor was shocked that a woman with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation and who had had a stroke was not prescribed warfarin.
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Aspirin won't stop strokes, say experts - but GPs will still be paid to give it out

MailOnline, 8 June 2014
Doctors are being told to stop giving aspirin to patients who have a common heart condition that carries a high risk of stroke – as the drug doesn’t work.
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Fabrice Muamba's wife Shauna launches Mrs Muamba's Caribbean Sauces

theboltonnews.co.uk, 9 June 2014
WHEN Shauna Muamba made food for husband Fabrice to take to away games, it soon caught the attention of his Bolton Wanderers team-mates
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Newburgh golfers place defibrillator under the Bernard Gallacher Defibrillator Campaign

inverurieherald.co.uk, 10 June 2014
Newburgh-on-Ythan Golf Club has been donated potentially life-saving equipment.
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Tiny lifeline, the wireless pacemaker that's just an inch long: Tablet-sized device is placed inside the heart in operations described as 'milestone moment'

MailOnline.co.uk, 9 June 2014
Wire-free pacemakers the size of a pill have been fitted in British patients for the first time.
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'World's smallest' pacemaker

news.bbc.co.uk, 9 June 2014
This new technology has several potential advantages: Most important is the absence of a wire or lead which carries the electrical impulse from conventional pacemakers to the heart. These wires can come under immense pressure and can be a source of complications.
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New pacemaker 'a big step forward'

belfasttelegraph.co.uk, 9 June 2014
A pacemaker the size of a pill has been fitted inside the heart of a UK patient in a revolutionary new operation.
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Special report: Defibrillators in schools

sec-ed.co.uk, 5 June 2014
Plans to help schools buy defibrillator machines at a lower cost have been broadly welcomed. Editor of the British Journal of School Nursing, Caroline Voogd, looks at the implications.
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6,000 living with a heart timebomb

thetelegraphandargus.co.uk, 4 June 2014
A ground-breaking project leading to fewer strokes is being rolled out by more than 60 GP practices across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.
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Defibrillator garment detects and corrects abnormal heartbeat

theengineer.co.uk, 4 June 2014
Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students have designed a lightweight, easy-to-conceal shirt-like garment to deliver life-saving shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems.
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Donation helps South Tyneside District Hospital buy equipment to diagnose arrhythmias

shieldsgazette.com, 26 May 2014
VOLUNTEERS have donated £10,000 to buy essential equipment to help diagnose heart problems in South Tyneside.
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Arrhythmia Alliance nominated as PR agency's charity of the year

leicestermercury.co.uk, 8 May 2014
A company is helping a heart charity expand its lifesaving work.
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MRI helps ID heart risk in scleroderma

medpagetoday.com, 6 May 2014
LIVERPOOL -- Cardiac MRI could help provide diagnostic information about potential arrhythmogenic events among patients with scleroderma being considered for implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), a researcher said here.
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Blood-thinning drugs to cut strokes

Raconteur.net, May 2014
Thousands of patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation could avoid strokes with access to the right treatments.
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Family of John Clayton hold special charity fundraising football match in his memory

gazettelive.co.uk, 3 May 2014
Family of John Clayton hold special charity fundraising football match in his memory
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Football and family fun day aims to raise funds for heart charity

thenorthernecho.co.uk, 6 May 2014
THE family of a popular Billingham man, who died from a sudden cardiac arrest after playing football, are holding a fundraising match and family fun day in his honour this weekend.
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Deal to provide life-saving defibrillators to schools

gov.uk, 30th April 2014
The Department for Education announces a plan to allow schools to purchase defibrillators at a lower cost.
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Quick thinking dentist's receptionist saves patient's life

itv.com, 30 April 2014
Charlotte Anderson-Hughes used a defibrillator on patient Simon Walker from Hyde when he collapsed in the MIDHS dental practice in Mossley. When it became clear the ambulance was not going to arrive in time Charlotte and dentist Chandra Metha started CPR.
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New hospital to be built in Cambridge

gov.uk, 1 May 2014
Papworth hospital, a leading specialist heart and lung hospital, will move from its current location outside Cambridge onto the Addenbrooke’s hospital site in the city.
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Portable defibrillator gift brings brave Cheadle girl Joanna Howard peace of mind

stokesentinel.co.uk, 28 April 2014
TEN-YEAR-OLD Joanna Howard has been given a portable defibrillator after being diagnosed with a condition that means she could have a heart attack at almost any moment.
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Mail campaigns for all gyms to install 'lifesaving' defibrillators

burtonmail.co.uk, 28 April 2014
THE family of a man left brain damaged and fighting for his life after suffering a heart attack have backed the Mail’s campaign to have defibrillators installed in every gym in Burton and South Derbyshire.
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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 AF-related stroke

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 Congres