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CPR & AED Awareness to Be Added to the UK National School Curriculum following tireless work of Arrhythmia Alliance

Lifesaving first aid, including education on the purpose of defibrillators (AED’s) and when they need to be used, is set to be introduced into the national school curriculum. Following years of campaigns, such as the Arrhythmia Alliance - Defibs Save Lives campaign, the draft regulations could be introduced by 2020.

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August Patient e-News 2018

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New Atrial Fibrillation Patient Support Group launched in Frome

Arrhythmias (heart rhythm disorders) affect over two million people in the UK and atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia. People aged 40 ...

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What Are the Different Types of Arrhythmias?

You likely have heard the term arrhythmia, but what many people don't realize is that there are many different types of arrhythmias. They are classified ...

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How GPs are preventing thousands of strokes in the UK

On its 70th anniversary, there is good news from the NHS. About 7,000 strokes have been prevented, per year, thanks to GPs getting better at identifying people with a common form of heart arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation and thanks to more of these people being prescribed anticoagulant drugs.

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Professor appointed to lead new Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science

AF Association Medical Advisory Committee member Professor Gregory Lip appointed to lead new Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science

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iRhythm Technologies (IRTC) Says Study Results Show Zio Improves Detection of Asymptomatic ...

iRhythm Technologies (IRTC) Says Study Results Show Zio Improves Detection of Asymptomatic Atrial Fibrillation in At-Risk Population.

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Thousands of strokes prevented in the UK thanks to use of anticoagulant drugs, research shows

Four thousand strokes were prevented in recent years, due to the increased use of anticoagulant drugs for patients with a common heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia), research has shown. Atrial Fibrillation (AF), the most common arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm disturbance), has been diagnosed in around 1.5 million people in the UK alone.

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Thousands of patients to benefit from innovative new treatments on the NHS

Stroke-reducing heart implants will now be routinely available for thousands of patients on the NHS. Hundreds of patients each year will benefit from a procedure called left atrial appendage occlusion, which reduces the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat), who cannot take blood thinning medication.

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Why getting a good night's sleep is key to avoiding a stroke: Those who wake in the night are more likely to develop a heart condition which causes clots

They often make little sense and can be annoyingly hard to remember in the morning. But regular dreams could slash your risk of a stroke, research suggests.

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