Heart Rhythm Week: Knowing your pulse can save your life

Added 05/06/2014

More than 2 million people in the UK are affected by arrhythmias and it is one of Britain’s biggest killers - causing at least 75,000 sudden cardiac deaths each year. That’s more than breast cancer, lung cancer and AIDS put together.

This week, 2-8 June, is Arrhythmia Alliance’s Heart Rhythm Week, which aims to raise awareness and understanding of arrhythmias.

The easiest way to detect an arrhythmia is to have your pulse checked to see if it is uneven, too fast or too slow.

One of the main aims of Heart Rhythm Week is to encourage people to know their pulse. There is currently no national programme of heart rhythm checks or arrhythmia screening.

You can help the campaign and yourself by learning how to check your own pulse and joining the campaign for routine heart rhythm checks within the NHS.

Watch this instructional video to learn how to check your pulse:

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