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UCLPartners celebrate World Heart Rhythm Week

28 June 2018

From 4 – 10 June 2018 UCLPartners marked World Heart Rhythm Week by offering Londoners a free 30-second check to assess their heart rhythm at three sites in our region.

Arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythm disorders) can increase the chance of having a stroke. They affect over two million people in the UK, but by being heart rhythm aware, they can be identified early.

The free checks were offered to patients and members of the public and used AliveCor’s Kardia Mobile ECG, which instantly analyses and interprets heart recordings, giving the maximum opportunity to diagnose atrial fibrillation.

Those attending the check also learned about the link between atrial fibrillation and stroke, how to stay healthy, and how to check their own pulse.

384 people attended the checks that took place at Barts Heart hospital, Moorfields Eye hospital and Karamsar Gurdwara Temple in Ilford. Four cases of possible AF were detected, and eight cases of already existing AF were picked up.

Alivecor: One of the 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.