Do you know how to check your pulse? Is it beating too fast, too slow? Does it feel irregular? That may be your heart telling you something is wrong.
The Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast, is urging people to check their pulse during World Heart Rhythm Week.
Created by the Arrhythmia Alliance, World Heart Rhythm Week takes place from 1-7 June and the key message this year is Don’t Miss A Beat to highlight the importance of knowing and understanding our heart rhythms.
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm disorder) is the number one killer in the UK and causes up to 100,000 sudden cardiac arrests each year killing more people than breast cancer, lung cancer and AIDS combined.
But 80 per cent of these deaths could be avoided if more people were aware of their heart rhythm – not just their heart rate. Something as simple as knowing your pulse, can save your life or reduce your risk of a debilitating or life-threatening atrial fibrillation (AF) related stroke – the most severe type of stroke.
As part of its mission to reduce the number of AF-related strokes in the North West Coast, the Innovation Agency has recruited a group of volunteers who are using mobile ECG devices to test pulses in their communities.