Londoners advised to know their pulse during Heart Rhythm Week
Londoners are being invited to take a free, 30 second pulse check during Heart Rhythm Week, 5-11 June, a campaign by the Heart Rhythm Alliance. This simple check could prolong or even save your 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.
In support of Heart Rhythm Week, hospitals across London will be holding open sessions for people to drop in and get their pulse checked.
The drop in session at St George’s trust takes place Tuesday 6 June between 09:00 – 16:00, Atkinson Moreley Wing Centre Entrance.
If you can’t make this date, no problem, contact your GP to make an appointment.