A new survey undertaken by Arrhythmia Alliance, supported by Opinion Health research, shows that more than 60 per cent of people are not pulse rhythm aware (survey of 1,555 people across UK – 27 May – 2 June 2017).
‘The responses to our survey further reinforce the need to raise awareness and educate the public about arrhythmias, heart rhythm disorders and the importance of being pulse rhythm aware – to identify the undiagnosed person with an arrhythmia,’ said Trudie Lobban MBE, Founder and CEO, Arrhythmia Alliance.
Arrhythmia Alliance helped coordinate a number of events across the UK during World Heart Rhythm Week last week, with a further 14 countries worldwide also participating. Arrhythmia Alliance also partnered with a number of organisations to undertake pulse checks in a variety of settings – including pharmacies, hospitals, surgeries and shopping centres.
Why it is important to know your pulse –
- More than 2 million people have an arrhythmia in the UK
- Nearly 500,000 people in the UK have undiagnosed AF, and are at increased risk of a debilitating or life-threatening AF-related stroke – the most severe type of stroke
- Arrhythmias cause up to 100,000 sudden cardiac deaths each year in the UK; over 250 every day, more deaths than breast cancer, lung cancer and AIDS combined
- 120,000 people experience unexplained loss of consciousness each year, commonly a sign of a heart rhythm disorder
- There is no national programme of pulse checks or heart rhythm screening
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