HASTENINGS ARRHYTHMIA CLINIC UPDATE

Thank you to our local GPs for their referrals so far to this pioneering service, which aims to screen for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) and is also conducting research into methods to detect this elusive arrhythmia.

We have now recruited nearly 100 patients into our research. 69 people have completed the study, which involves cardiac monitoring for a 3-month period. 33% of these individuals have been identified with a paroxysmal atrial arrhythmia.

The graph alongside shows incidence of PAF against time – nearly half of cases have been identified after 1 week suggesting that standard investigations may be missing a significant number of cases.

We are grateful for your continued support of this project, which we hope will have an impact both locally and beyond.

 

HASTENINGS REFERRAL CRITERIA

-                 Suspected paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (palpitations or an irregular pulse)

-                 Aged 40 years and above

-                 No previous history of atrial arrhythmia

-                 Sinus rhythm on 12-lead ECG

-                 No significant electrolyte disturbance / thyrotoxicosis


HOW TO REFER TO HASTENINGS

Referral forms can be downloaded from http://www.haste.uk.com/hasteacademy/forms

Fax referrals with a 12-lead ECG to: 0870 762 7410


CALLING THE CARDIOVERTED!

During March and May we have been screening patients, currently are not on anticoagulation, who underwent DC cardioversion for AF between 2008 and 2010. 1 in 6 patients had had a recurrence of AF which had not previously been documented. More results to follow!!


THE ROTARY CLUB & HASTE

HASTE Academy supported the Rotary Club stroke prevention initiative ‘Shop and Stop’ at Tesco, Ashenden Road on 5th April. The HASTE Academy team took blood pressures and pulses throughout the day.. 87 shoppers took part in total and 12 were found to have a raised blood pressure requiring further investigation. For more information see this link:http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=434356&ClubID=1452