Londoners are being invited to take a free, 30 second pulse check during Heart Rhythm Week. This simple check could prolong or even save their life.
Heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmia) happen when a heart rhythm is too fast, too slow, or jumping around (irregular).
In London it is estimated that 68,000 people are living undetected and at risk of blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Atrial Fibrillation, as the most common heart arrhythmia, is a major risk, contributing to 1 in 5 strokes.
A simple check using an unobtrusive mobile device identifies if individuals are suffering from a heart rhythm disorder. The mobile ECG quickly checks the heart rhythm and confirms if it is normal, if Atrial Fibrillation is suspected, or if the results need further discussion with a GP.
Heart Rhythm Week
From Monday 5 June to Sunday 11 June 2017 (Heart Rhythm Week) a unique partnership of healthcare organisations in London are offering Londoners a free 30-second check to assess their heart rhythm and health at a local setting. This gives the maximum opportunity to diagnose Atrial Fibrillation and those attending the check will also learn about the link between Atrial Fibrillation and stroke, how to stay healthy, and how to check their own pulse.
Where to check your pulse
Mobile ECGs are being offered at Barts Heart Hospital, main outpatients reception, West Smithfield’s, EC1A 7BE. Other locations are available. Please contact your GP for further information.
Dr Axel Heitmueller, Managing Director, Imperial College Health Partners, said:
Not everyone experiences symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation until it is too late. Joining us for a free and quick 30 second mobile ECG during Heart Rhythm Week will ensure you get to know your pulse. This simple check alone could prolong or even save your life.