Heart Rhythm Week 2013
Know the difference; Make a difference
Many congratulations to all of the individuals, teams and organisations that took part in this year’s Heart Rhythm Week, 3-9 June 2013. Our theme this year was Hearts & Goals, borrowing of our campaign of the same name with Fabrice Muamba. You were part of the biggest Heart Rhythm Week ever with over 6,000 events taking place in the UK and across the world!
From awareness displays in medical centres, schools and community centres, to bake sales and CPR and AED training sessions, Heart Rhythm Week has been our most successful awareness event to date. During the course of the week we also donated four public-access defibrillators in communities across the UK as part of our Hearts & Goals campaign.
Here are just some of the event highlights (click here to view more events on the Heart Rhythm Week website):
Over 1,000 ECGs taken at Jersey Hospital!
Jersey's General Hospital was inundated with people getting their heart checked using a new piece of kit. Instead of rigging patients up an ECG machine, Jersey Hospital trialled a new iPhone heart monitor.
Many congratulations to Dr Mitchell and his cardiac team who successfully completed 1,000 ECGs in their three day event during Heart Rhythm Week. 10 previously undiganosed arrhythmias, mostly AF were detected using this new technology.
Saving lives from Britain's biggest killer
New data released by Arrhythmia Alliance during Heart Rhythm Week showed that more than half of people in the UK underestimate their potential to save somebody's life if they suffer a sudden cardiac arrest.
Arrhythmia Alliance donated four AEDs to communities across the UK during Heart Rhythm Week.
Arrhythmia Alliance helped Alcester place six new defibrillators as part of Hearts & Goals on the first day of Heart Rhythm Week 2013.
Ann Delany and Alison Brown, from the town, made it their mission to protect residents in the event of sudden cardiac arrest.
Bexleyheath Academy has been donated a lifesaving defibrillator in honour of a pupil, Philip Lamin who collapsed and died playing football.
Portland Bill is now protected by a life-saving public-access defibrillator in the event of someone suffering an sudden cardiac arrest thanks to the donation from Arrhythmia Alliance.
The new device will be housed outside the National Coast watch Institution on Portland Bill and run by volunteers from the station.
Bury St Edmunds
Arrhythmia Alliance donated the AED after Bury St Edmunds brothers, Paul and Jay Hicklin, raised £5,000 for the Hearts & Goals campaign to fund defibrillators in the town. The brothers lost their 64-year-old father, Will, to sudden cardiac arrest last year and were determined to do something positive in his memory.
Pulse checks and AF screening in the Highlands
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 advises why pulse checks are important and demonstrates how to check your pulse in this YouTube film.
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 new iPhone heart monitor technology they successfully screened 70 people and detected two tachyarrhytmias for follow up during their awareness event.
Saudi Heart Rhythm Society launch 'Your Heart in Your Hands' - Heart Rhythm Week 2012
The Saudi Heart Rhythm Society held its annual Heart Rhythm Week from 12-19 September 2012. Dr. Abdulmohsen Al Musaad, President of the Saudi Heart Rhythm Society and Head of Electrophysiology department at King Abdulaziz Medical City for National Guard Health Affairs - Riyadh, declared: "At least one in four of us will develop a potentially fatal heart rhythm disorder. Saudi Heart Rhythm Society is calling for anyone experiencing symptoms to fill out the 'Your heart in your hands' Checklist available in patient waiting areas across all hospitals in Saudi Arabia and to see their Electrophysiologist."
1,000 posters and 10,000 Your Heart in Your Hands posters were distributed during the week to key hospitals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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