Heart Rhythm Week 2014
For this year’s Heart Rhythm Week, (2-8 June 2014) we are working alongside our sister charity, Arrhythmia Alliance, to celebrate ten years of progress in arrhythmia care.
Heart Rhythm Week 2014 will look to educate and celebrate the amazing progress that has been made across arrhythmia technology, resources, and policy guidelines as well as share good news patient stories to illustrate the changes.
Have you received a new device or medication to manage AF, or been cared for at a new clinic that was not available ten years ago?
To register your interest in receiving communications about Heart Rhythm Week, or to share your story to help raise awareness during the week, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01789 520 311.
Heart Rhythm Week 2013
Thank you to hundreds of supporters across the UK and beyond who helped us to raise awareness and promote better understanding of AF during Heart Rhythm Week.
Heart Rhythm Week provides a platform for individuals, groups, organisations and healthcare professionals to come together to raise awareness of AF. One of the main objectives of Hearts & Goals 2013 was to raise awareness of the importance of pulse checks in screening for AF.
Here are just some of the amazing events from last year:
Colin Smith's bake off!
Many congratulations to Colin Smith from Blackrod who raised £105.00 through his Heart Rhythm Week bake sale.
The event was such a success that Colin is now looking to start up a baking club.
Julia's tea, cakes and Spanish horses
Business woman Julia Alemany-Bird held a 'tea, cakes and Spanish horses' afternoon and raised £60 for the AF Association on Saturday 8th June after recovering from AF.
The afternoon included pulse check demonstrations, Spanish music, Spanish horses and a raffle.
Over 1,000 ECGs taken at Jersey Hospital!
Jersey's General Hospital was inundated with people getting the heart check using a new mobile device. Instead of rigging patients up an ECG machine, Jersey Hospital trialled a new iPhone heart monior which you just place your fingers on, called AliveCor.
They even featured in the Jersey Evening Post!
Olympic gold medallist raises awareness of AF
Tom James featured on ITV's Day Break alongside AF Association Trustee, Professor Richard Schilling. Tom spoke about his experience with AF when he was training for the London 2012 Olympics.
AF screening in Scotland
Shona Fraser and her team from NHS Highland Heartbeat Centre, Raigmore Hospital held a week long awareness display and promoted pulse checks to the public.
Shona demonstrated how to check your pulse in this film they produced,
Tachyarrhythmias spotted at Harrogate Hospital
Harrogate District held an awareness stand in the front entrance and main restaurant of the hospital. Emma Edgar and her cardiac team talked about the importance of knowing their own pulse to the public.
Using the new iPhone AliveCor Heart Monitor technology they successfully screening 70 people and detected two tachyarrhytmias for follow up during their awareness event.
Pulse checks in County Durham
Dr Andreas Wolff, who is a member of the AF Association's Medical Advisory Committee, held an awareness event at Whinfield Surgery in County Durham. Staff also carried out pulse checks using the AliveCor Heart Monitor and informed the patients on the importance of knowing your pulse.
Heart checks at Royal Surrey Hospital
Cardiologist Philippa Howlett and CRM Research Nurse Laura Greswell successful completed 63 heart checks during Heart Rhythm Week.
Patients were screened using the AliveCor heart monitor. Two patients were diagnosed with AF and two with left bundle branch block.
We need your feedback
Please spare a couple of minutes to fill out a short survey and tell us how we can make Heart Rhythm Week 2014 even better!