Heart Rhythm Week 2014

Thank you to everyone who supported Arrhythmia Alliance Heart Rhythm Week 2014. Whether raising awareness as an individual, as part of a team, or as member of an organisation, you have each helped advance our goals to save lives, improve early detection and management of arrhythmias and prevent avoidable AF-related strokes.

In 2014, Arrhythmia Alliance celebrated Ten Years of Innovation and Advancements in Arrhythmia Patient Care and you supported us in massive numbers, helping us make Heart Rhythm Week 2014 the greatest yet!

Click on the links below to read some of the highlights:

Thunderclap reaches more than 1 million people

On the morning of Monday 2 June 2014 at 08:30am, an Arrhythmia Alliance Thunderclap was launched to help save lives in a single click.

THANK YOU to everyone who signed up; by agreeing to donate a tweet or status update, a message promoting the importance of a simple pulse check reached a massive new audience.

Idea supported by Carl Robinson www.thepad.pm

Revisit our Heart Rhythm Week Thunderclap

Know Your Pulse in Australia

Arrhythmia Alliance - Australia invited people to Know Your Pulse during the course of Heart Rhythm Week 2014. A 30-second is the simplest way to detect undiagnosed heart rhythm disorders like AF.

Pictured are staff and patients at Sydney Adventist Hospital, who supported the charity by holding pulse screening events and displaying resources in hospital waiting areas. Thank you for sharing your updates and photos!


Shared learning in China

Arrhythmia Alliance China organised activities throughout the course of this year's event, including free health consultations, health lectures and CPR training for citizens in Beijing ,Shanghai, Heilongjiang, Xinjiang, Shandong, Ningxia and Hebei. In total, the events were attended by more than 7,000 people.








June 5,2014: Large-scale health lecture inTuanjiehu Park, Beijing                            June 6,2014: Large-scale health lecture in Ningxia Park,Beijing








                 June 5, 2014: Free consultation in Hebei                                                                           June 6, 2014: Professional training in Ningxia

Local collections across the UK


Thank you to all Arrhythmia Alliance supporters who hosted collection tins in their local GP practice, hospital or in local shops. Our members raised funds for Arrhythmia Alliance and shared awareness materials at several locations across the UK, including:

  • Devon
  • Somerset
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Oxford
  • Perth

If you would like to get involved in 2015, please email andrew@heartrhythmcharity.org.uk


Pulse check events

North East London pharamacies

Pulse checks and information materials were made available in more than 600 pharmacies as part of Heart Rhythm Week 2014.

In North East London, more than 100 pharmacies took part in a week-long screening campaign to help diagnose members of their community who might have been living with heart rhythm disorders like AF, unknowingly.

Are you a Pharmacist who would like to learn more and be involved in future screening opportunities? Please email andrew@heartrhythmcharity.org.uk







Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service used Heart Rhythm Week 2014 as an opportunity to raise awareness of heart rhythm disorders among members of their own team. Alongside blood pressure and pulse checks, employees learned more about the Arrhythmia Alliance Know Your Pulse campaign; from being shown how to take their own pulse to learning how to know the pulse of friends and family.

Thank you to everyone who supported the sharing of this lifesaving knowledge.


Hospital events

Northern General Hospital, Sheffield

The arrhythmia team at the hospital held a display and manned a stand in the hospital's Medical Education Centre during this year's event. Arrhythmia Nurse Specialist, Jean Maloney, is pictured sharing information resources.

Bridgewater Community Healthcare Trust

Halton & St Helens Healthy Heart Service hosted a pulse check event to mark Heart Rhythm Week, while also sharing Know Your Pulse information resources. The team working at the service hosted a Heart Rhythm Week collection and were successful in raising funds for Arrhythmia Alliance.

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust

This year, East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust stroke and cardiology staff have worked in collaboration to organise AF awareness events across each of the 3 main hospital sites, in order to share information with both the public and clinical staff around the importance of AF detection and management.

During the week, the team campaigned to highlight the importance of knowing your pulse – this included an article in the hospital paper and Trust internet sites; facebook and twitter posts; and a promotion screen saver across all 3 acute hospital PCs.

The team then spent the day offering pulse checks to the public and staff, sharing information to why this is so important, teaching them how to check their own pulse at home. They also spoke with a members of the clinical staff, encouraging them to check their patients pulses manually, in order to feel the rhythm.

The event was well received in the hospitals, and the feedback positive from those involved.


Inspirational fundraising efforts


On 15 June, Danielle held a car boot sale to raise funds for Arrhythmia Alliance Heart Rhythm Week 2014. The date holds a special significance to Danielle as it marks the date on which she was diagnosed with a heart rhythm disorder. She very much enjoyed the day and sharing her story with passers by. We would like to thank Danielle and wish her the very best with her new baby.

You can read Danielle's patient story here.


Hereford and Ludlow Got2Sing community choir sang at Hereford's Hampton Court Garden Festival on Saturday 7 June 2014, with proceeds raised donated to Arrhythmia Alliance Heart Rhythm Week.

Raising awareness of heart rhythm disorders through song!


Employees at Newnham Post Office helped raise awareness of arrhythmias, focusing on atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac arrest. To raise awareness of their village automated external defibrillator (AED) and its lifesaving potential, staff took contact details from local people interested in receiving CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training.

Well done to all involved and thank you for supporting Heart Rhythm Week in a very innovative way!


PoTS patient Georgina supported Heart Rhythm Week through the sale of homemade bracelets and cookies. She was eager to raise awareness of heart rhythm disorders at her University campus.

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Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures (STARS) member takes on poetry challenge

Gini Dellow, member of Arrhythmia Alliance sister charity STARS, has taken part in a year long poetry challenge to raise funds for a condition close to her heart.

Diagnosed with autonomic dysfunction and Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) in 2009, she now writes poetry to help raise awareness and has released exclusive poems as part of Arrhythmia Alliance Heart Rhythm Week 2014.

Support Gini

Read her Heart Rhythm Week poems


Arrhythmia Alliance Parliamentary Reception - Wednesday 11 June 2014


Hosted by Glyn Davies MP and with guest speakers including former Bolton Wanderers and England U-21 footballer Fabrice Muamba, Arrhythmia Alliance celebrated its work over the past ten years supporting innovation and advancements in arrhythmia patient care. Charity Founder and Trustee, Trudie Lobban MBE, looked back to its launch in Westminster in 2004.



Add your words of celebration and support on the Arrhythmia Alliance Facebook page, share a link and 'like' our posts. Together we are raising awareness and improving understanding of arrhythmias.

Please share news of your successes and photos of your events during Heart Rhythm Week 2014. Please email andrew@heartrhythmcharity.org.uk



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