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HEART RHYTHM WEEK

The annual Heart Rhythm Week will be held from the sixth to the twelfth of June 2011 by the Arrhythmia Alliance, encouraging national awareness and understanding of cardiac arrhythmia.

The key message of this year’s campaign is ‘Putting the Pulse into Practice’ – a push to incorporate pulse checks into the NHS Health Check for everyone over the age of 40 years.  Such simple measures could give early warning of major cardiac events in thousands of people and thereby produce considerable savings for the national healthcare budget, according to the Alliance.

heart-rhythm-internalTrudie Lobban MBE, Founder and Trustee of Arrhythmia Alliance, said, “Finding out about arrhythmias early, could improve a patient’s chance of finding a successful treatment and could save their life. That is why Arrhythmia Alliance wants to put pulse into practice and ensure people have their pulse checked when they visit their GP surgery”.

Other focuses of Heart Rhythm Week are to include:

• Raising arrhythmia awareness through events such as Pulse Check Clinics and Cardiac Cafes, where members of the public can learn how to take their pulse
• Parliamentary activities
• Community education and fundraising events
• Collecting and publishing evidenced examples of beneficial pulse screening initiatives
• Highlighting local activities and events to the media
• Providing Awareness Packs for people to spread the word about ’Know Your Pulse’ in their community

For further information visit: http://www.aaaw.org.uk/

Published on: May 6, 2011

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