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Heartbeat campaign launched

Tuesday May 22nd, 2012

A campaign was launched yesterday to alert people to the signs of potentially deadly irregular heartbeats.

This week has been declared Heart Rhythm Week and a new check-list has been published to help people check their hearts.

A survey conducted in advance of the week found that people could name about a third of the symptoms which suggest the heart is not beating regularly.

Symptoms include palpitations, feeling faint and shortness of breath.

GP Dr Matt Fay, who helped develop the list, said: “Strokes caused by an irregular heart beat are all often too often debilitating, devastating and sometimes fatal.

"It is imperative that the public are better informed about the warning signs of irregular heartbeats to ensure that these terrible consequences can be averted.

"The simple symptom of palpitations in the young can be the first sign of underlying heart problems that can result in collapse or even sudden death.

"The introduction of this checklist will increase public awareness, empower people and ultimately lead to increased protection for people.”

Trudie Lobban, who founded the Arrhythmia Alliance, said: “Lack of public awareness and misdiagnosis can allow many potentially fatal heart rhythm problems to go untreated.

"Despite the availability of free and simple checks, authoritative estimates suggest around half of atrial fibrillation patients, the most common heart rhythm disorder, remain undetected. This is frequently because patients are unaware that the symptoms they experience are a sign of anything serious. We call for people to take their heart health in their hands.”

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