Fainting or syncope is relatively common and in some cases it can be a sign of an arrhythmia (heart rhythm disorder) and should not be ignored. Arrhythmias can affect people of all ages and for some, fainting may be the first indication of a problem.
Did you know...
- 1 in 2 people will faint at least once in their lifetime
- 39% of children and 30% of adults are misdiagnosed with epilepsy - many of whom have an underlying, potentially fatal arrhythmia
- The number one killer in the western world is sudden cardiac death - often the only symptom is fainting
- Syncope and falls are the most common reason for older patients to attend A&E. It is estimated that syncope accounts for 10- 20% of falls which cause injury.
This A-A WHRW, our focus is Take Fainting to Heart - there is no such thing as a simple faint. We are asking our supporters to help us to raise awareness of arrhythmias whether by simply sharing and displaying information, holding an awareness activity or by fundraising and donating to Arrhythmia Alliance.
A-A WHRW in Parliament
On Wednesday 6 June 2018 we attended the House of Commons in Westminster, London to raise awareness of arrhythmias and to celebrate 25 years of sister charity STARS (Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures) to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Hosted by Mike Gapes MP, we were joined by Healthcare Professionals, MP's and patients and were especially delighted to welcome Professor John Stephenson, Founder Patron of STARS. Thanks goes to the speakers who joined us and gave inspirational talks.
Please watch the presentations by our inspirational speakers:
Mike Gapes MP - Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group - Arrhythmias
Welcome & Introduction
Professor John Stephenson - Emeritus Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Founding Patron
The Inspiration Behind STARS
Dr Robert Sheldon - Consultant Electrophysiologist, Canada
STARS - A Truly International Organisation
A Patient's Perspective
Trudie Lobban MBE - Founder
Take Fainting to Heart
Professor Chris Mathias - Professor of Neurovascular Medicine and STARS Patron
The Impact of STARS - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
What can I do during Arrhythmia Alliance World Heart Rhythm Week?
There are many ways to get involved:
1. Share & Display information about arrhythmias, the importance of Take Fainting Heart and how to Know Your Pulse at your GP surgery/pharmacy, school, workplace or community group. We have a large number of resources which can be downloaded from our website.
2. Hold an awareness activity and take on the Pulse Check Challenge in collaboration with your healthcare centre, workplace or community group.
3. Fundraise for example by baking some goodies to sell, holding a coffee morning, quiz night or create your own event.
4. Or simply make a donation to enable us to continue to raise awareness and offer support:
By Text, text HRWK18 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 today
By Phone - please call us on 01789 867 501
By Post - send a cheque to: Arrhythmia Alliance, Unit 6B, Essex House, Cromwell Business Park, Chipping Norton, OX7 5SR