Is your heart healthy: Heart Rhythm Week 21st May - 27th May

heart rhythm weekThis week is Heart Rhythm Week.  Heart Rhythm Week is put together to raise awareness to arrhythmic conditions and ask that you understand your own heart rate better.

By doing pulse checks you can make sure that the beat is regular - although not everyone is sure of how to check it properly.

The British public are unable to recognise the warning signs of a deadly irregular heartbeat according to a new survey commissioned by national heart rhythm charity Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A). On average respondents in a survey were only aware of a third of the symptoms, even though irregular heartbeats are the leading cause of death in the UK and affect more than two million Britons.

If you feel faint, short of breath or experience palpitations then you need to run through the 'Your Heart In Your Hands Checklist.

The Heart Rhythm Checklist is designed to help you and your doctor determine whether or not you suffer from a heart rhythm disorder. A heart rhythm disorder (cardiac arrhythmia) is when the heart beats too quickly, too slowly or irregularly. Palpitations, feeling faint/fainting or shortness of breath could be symptoms of a heart rhythm disorder. Symptoms alone do not mean you have a heart rhythm disorder, however, if your symptoms are persistent or uncomfortable, talk to your doctor. Download Your Heart In Your Hands Checklist

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