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Londoners advised to know their pulse during World Heart Rhythm Week

6 June 2017


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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 (arrhythmias) 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.  A quick and easy check that could save lives.

World Heart Rhythm Week

From Monday 5 June to Sunday 11 June 2017 (Heart Rhythm Week) a unique partnership between London’s Academic Health Science Networks (including UCLPartners), the London Clinical Network for Stroke, Care City and the Arrhythmia Alliance, is offering Londoners a free 30-second check to assess their heart rhythm and health at a local setting.  Across UCLPartners, teams will be offering patients and members of the public a free check using AliveCor’s Kardia Mobile ECG, which instantly analyses and interprets heart recordings. 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 using AliveCor are being offered in the following locations across UCLPartners. If you can’t find a location near you please contact your GP for further information.

Barts Heart Centre, West Smithfield, London, EC1A 7BE

  • Monday – Friday, 9-5pm, main outpatient reception

Sikh Community Care Project (SCCP), Ilford, 40 Argyle Road, Ilford IG1 3BG

  • Monday, 11-3pm

Karamsar Gurdwara (Temple) Ilford. 400 High Road, Ilford IG1 1TL

  • Thursday; 11-3pm

Charles Knight, Managing Director of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, said:

“We are delighted to take part in Heart Rhythm week. As the largest heart centre in the country, we are committed to giving people the tools and knowledge needed to make proactive decisions about their health. The 30 second mobile ECG checks and demonstrations of how to check a pulse have been popular and have shown to be worthwhile as 308 people have been screened and five cases of AF have been detected over the past three days”.

Trudie Lobban MBE, Founder and CEO, Arrhythmia Alliance, said:

“We are so pleased at the number of Know Your Pulse events that have been organised by the pan London AHSN network during this, our 14th World Heart Rhythm Week. Our aim is to take 10,000 pulse checks during the week and these events in London will be a significant part of this target.


Alivecor: One of 26 innovations on the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), AliveCor’s Kardia Mobile ECG instantly analyses and interprets heart recordings, identifying AF – a leading cause of stroke.