Information & Advice For Arrhythmia Patients
Information checklists, endorsed by the Department of Health, covering all aspects of arrhythmia care, diagnosis and treatment. Available for download today.
For many reasons, reaching the correct diagnosis for a cardiac arrhythmia can be difficult and time-consuming.
To facilitate rapid diagnosis whenever possible, Arrhythmia Alliance worked in partnership with medical experts to develop a series of checklists. These are designed to provide patients with practical information and to help them prepare for GP and hospital visits. The checklists help gather important information about symptoms and aim to ensure that time spent with a doctor is as valuable as possible.
When someone becomes uncomfortably aware of their heart beating, it is often described as experiencing a palpitations The sensation may be awareness of isolated single beats that are different from normal, or may be associated with a feeling that the heart is beating abnormally fast or irregularly. Such sensations can occur due to normal variations in the heart rhythm, but can also indicate the presence of an abnormal heart rhythm – a cardiac arrhythmia.
If you’re considering seeing your GP because of palpitations, please download and read the Palpitations Checklist to help prepare for your appointment.
Could your heart rhythm problem be dangerous?
This checklist is designed to help you and your doctor determine whether or not your suffer from a heart rhythm problem.
This checklist gives you information and advice on the reasons for experiencing palpitations or a fast heart rate, helps you prepare for a doctor’s appointment, and provides information on what to expect if you have to attend a hospital appointment.
The Heart Rhythm Checklist has been compiled as part of materials for our Heart Rhythm Week. The theme this year is "Your Heart in Your Hands" and we are hoping to boost public awareness of arrhythmias and equip members of the public with the tools to understand their heart rhythm and decide whether any actions are required to make improvements.
Do you suffer from unexplained falls? Seizures? Faints? Blackouts?
If you experience falls, blackouts, faints or seizures that are unexplained or that have not responded to treatment, please download the Blackouts Checklist. The checklist is designed to help you and your doctor determine whether or not your symptoms are caused by a cardiac arrhythmia. Very few doctors are trained to identify and treat arrhythmias, and very few people are aware that an electrical problem with the heart can usually be treated safely and effectively. If you want to learn more about blackouts, and to prepare for an appointment with a GP or a specialist, please download and fill in the Blackouts Checklist.
Has your doctor told you that you have, or that you might have, AF?
If you have been recently diagnosed as suffering from atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, or your doctor suspects you have atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, these checklists are intended to help you understand the condition, feel at ease with the tests you will be given and the treatments your doctor may suggest.