Heart Rhythm function
There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year, which equates to approximately 1 stroke every 5 minutes. Did you know that:
- Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability and the 3rd leading cause of death in the UK
- Around 1.2 million people in the UK have an irregular heart rhythm function, of which atrial fibrillation is the most common
- Having an irregular heart rhythm increases your risk of stroke up to 5 times because it can increases blood clot risk
- Your risk of atrial fibrillation increases above the age of 50
- Symptoms can be hard to spot and in some cases the condition is completely asymptomatic
Your heart rhythm check
Your heart rhythm check will help you understand more about the rhythm of your heart and the electrical impulses that keep it beating in time.
A simple 6 lead ECG test will check your heart function and an accredited cardiac consultant will review your trace (your trace is an image of your heart beat over a period of time). The leads are connected to painless sensors which are attached to your arms and legs in order to take the readings.
The results are called an ‘Electrocardiogram’ and your cardiac consultant reviews the trace produced. Only after they have checked your reading in detail will it be compiled in your detailed results report.
It’s important to find out if you have it and simple effective treatment can be arranged to help correct the condition and reduce your stroke risk.
How to prepare
The sensors will be placed upon your arms and legs so you are advised to not wear any tight or restrictive clothing.
What are the symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation?
Symptoms can include palpitation (being aware of your heart beat), tiredness, shortness of breath, dizziness or feeling faint. However, some people only have mild symptoms, while many other people have no symptoms at all.