Information about Atrial Fibrillation (AF) was available at an information stand in the foyer of St Peter’s Hospital on Tuesday 25 November 2014 which also offered a simple pulse check for AF. Arrhythmia Specialist Nurses, Patricia Little and Lisa Galley were on hand, carrying out pulse checks and offering advice and information.

Arrhythmia Specialist Nurse Patricia Little said: “As well as carrying out a simple pulse check and giving advice, we were aiming to teach all those who visited us how to take their own pulse, as well as checking blood pressures. AF is a very common heart rhythm disorder which many people are not aware of, which was the reason for having the stand available.

“AF increases the risk of a stroke by 500% and can be easily detected by a simple pulse test. Early diagnosis and treatment greatly reduces the health issues associated with AF.”

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an abnormality in the rhythm of the heart (arrhythmia) which causes the upper chambers of the heart, (the atria), to beat irregularly.

If you have any concerns you should always seek medical advice from your doctor or local walk in centre.

 

The picture above shows Arrhythmia Specialist Nurse, Lisa Galley checking blood pressure