New campaign to increase awareness of an irregular heartbeat

21 May 2012

A health organisation has launched a new campaign to better raise awareness of a life-threatening heart problem.

The Arrhythmia Alliance – also known as the Heart Rhythm Charity – is setting up a strategy after one of its new polls revealed that many people do not know how to identify the symptoms of an irregular heartbeat.

Dr Matt Fay, a clinical leader for NHS improvement in heart and stroke, commented: "Strokes caused by an irregular heartbeat are all too often debilitating, devastating and sometimes fatal.

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

To help, the Arrhythmia Alliance has created a checklist which encourages people to contact their GP if they have shortness of breath, experience palpitations or feel faint.

The organisation's advice comes soon after the British Heart Foundation warned that people with high cholesterol who do not take their assigned medication could be increasing their risk of suffering from serious heart problems.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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