About Heart Rhythm Week
From 3-9th June 2013 Arrhythmia Alliance will be holding its annual Heart Rhythm Week which gives everyone the opportunity to raise awareness and promote better understanding of heart rhythm disorders. This year's theme for Heart Rhythm Week is Hearts & Goals which aims to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and of the life-saving difference a bystander can make to survival using CPR and an AED (automated external defibrillator).
The first Awareness Week was held in 2004 following the formation of an alliance between charitable organisations with a common interest in arrhythmias. This group successfully lobbied for a new Chapter on Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death in the National Service Framework (NSF) for Coronary Heart Disease, which was published in 2005.
Hearts & Goals - Heart Rhythm Week 2013
1. Sudden cardiac arrest is the UK’s biggest killer, claiming 100,000 lives each year.
2. Following sudden cardiac arrest, early defibrillation is essential to restart the heart and CPR can keep the patient alive
3. Prompt bystander assistance with defibrillation and CPR can increase the chance of sudden cardiac arrest survival from 5-50%
4. Know the difference. Make a difference. Test your knowledge of cardiac arrest and the life-saving difference you can make. Take the Hearts & Goals Challenge today >
What does Heart Rhythm Week involve?
- Raising awareness by holding awareness events such as pulse check clinics and cardiac cafes, where members of the public can learn more about the symptoms of heart rhythm disorders and learn when to seek further advice from a healthcare professional
- Community education and fundraising events
- Highlighting local activities and events to the media
- Providing awareness packs for people to spread the word about heart rhythm disorders in their community