Ectopic Beats

Ectopic beats are a really common cause of symptoms variously described as palpitations, extra beats, lurching feeling. Here is our patient information sheet that we hand out to our patients where we have made this diagnosis. It has references to other ex…

Annual follow up of patient with known aortic stenosis

Aortic stenosis is becoming much more common as we see a larger number of older people- since approx 1% of the population is born with a bicuspid aortic valve leaflet which has a tendency to calcify and narrow (or develop a stenosis) in the 7th decade of…

NOAC local policy

The NOAC Steering group was formed by a group of clinicians and a Pharmacist in 2012 at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in order to provide guidance on use of a new anticoagulant drugs. After a year of consultation their first guideline for local use has…

High blood pressure: why take so many pills?

Read and understand this slightly technical blog and you could stay out of the clutches of your local cardiologist and improve the chances of staying healthy in your old age - It isn't rocket science! As a Cardiologist I am seeing ever more older peopl…

Arrhythmia screening: who is in charge?

Haste Network in Guildford and Surrey is a Charity-funded arrhythmia screening service designed to help Guildford and Waverley GPs pick up intermittent or paroxysmal arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation. The service may also be used to investigate pati…

Cardiomyopathy routine follow up

Heart enlargement or 'Cardiomyopathy' is a common reason for specialist follow up. In stable cases follow up can be shared with a GP who has access to BNP blood testing and an 'open access' Echocardiography service. The protocol I use is described here fo…


For patients who have intermittent or paroxysmal atrial fibrillation there is an option to use a novel oral anticoagulant (NOAC) in the event of developing atrial fibrillation that lasts greater than 24 hours. There are no clinical trial data yet availabl…

Anthea Turner joins Roger Taylor and Peter Alliss in DVD

An instructional DVD featuring all three celebrities outlines the importance of pulse and blood pressure checks from the age of 50. The DVD is being offered to at risk people in Guildford and Waverley as part of a local campaign to increase awareness of c…

Roger Taylor, Anthea Turner and Peter Alliss Launch Stroke Prevention Scheme

Local Celebreties joined with their medical professionals to launch the HASTE Network in Guildford and Surrey - an arrhythmia referral service where GPs can investigate an irregular pulse or palpitation in patients over 65 with suspect Paroxysmal atrial f…

Heart Rhythm Week

News from Heart Rhythm Week held at The Royal Surrey County Hospital, in association with Arrhythmia Alliance. This event aims to promote public awareness of herat rhythm disorders.

warfarin: friend or foe?

Although warfarin was and still is used as rat poison, it has become the mainstay of protecting people in atrial fibrillation who are at risk of blood clots and stroke. Is warfarin therefore "the devil you know"?

Why 'connect'

The Haste Academy is running a large research project across Surrey and to keep costs down and improve efficiency we are requesting all of our patients to 'connect' to us via our website.

Electronic communications for patients

Many of our patients use email- yet why is most medical correspondence to patients by 'snail mail'?

Measuring your own blood pressure

Increasing numbers of patients now ask about taking measurements at home. This instruction blog gives a few tips that we use in our Cardiology clinics

'Pink tie' hypertension: personal viewpoint

Many people know about 'white coat hypertension' - based on the observation that a patient may have a high blood pressure recording when measured by a doctor wearing a white coat coat, but how big a problem is it and what does it mean for patients with g…

Why and how to feel your pulse

Roger Taylor may beat in Rhythm, but do you? Our campaign is directed at anyone over 65 years of age- since many more strokes can occur in those affected by atrial fibrillation over this age.

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