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…


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…

Less proof more life

Although there is plenty of evidence that small amounts of alcohol helps reduce heart disease, too much can contribute to high blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation. For most of us in the habit of relaxing over a drink it can…

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.

Amiodarone 'surveillance'

Amiodarone is a potentially toxic drug so it is important that once started on the drug, the GP and Hospital teams collaborate in monitoring for adverse events. A few protocols are discussed in this article.

My wake up call

Atrial Fibrillation often occurs as a reaction to other illnesses such as a chest or urine infection. A patient describes what happened in his case.


Many of our patients who suffer from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation take medication only when 'attacks' of atrial fibrillation occur. The technique is discussed here, along with links to 'the evidence'

Living with pill in the pocket

Intermittent or paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is very common. The experience of one sufferer that uses all the latest techniques makes life bearable

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.

Research: Can biomarkers be used to define risk?

In any patient who has permanent atrial fibrillation the annual risk of a stroke lies between 1% and 20%. Current risk stratification is better than we have had in the past and means that low risk patients do not need anticoagulants, but conversely many …

Quizz: Stiff heart syndrome and AF

In this educational blog for healthcare professionals a question and answer quizz is used to reinforce the key learning messages of the educational day held on Wed 13 th Feb 2013 at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Research project HASTENinGS

HASTE Network in Guildford and Surrey is a collaborative project funded by HASTE, and HASTE ACADEMY, operated by the University of Surrey, Royal Surrey County Hospital in collaboration with the new GP Commissioning groups

Your risk of stroke in AF

Not everyone in atrial fibrillation is at high risk of stroke caused by a blood Clot moving from the heart to the brain. The risk can be partly determined using simple characteristics such as age, gender, presence of medical conditions such as diabetes,…

Research: Detecting AF in pacemaker patients

We will recruit patients fitted with a pacemaker that provides continuous rhythm monitoring (the gold standard), and assess whether a hand held heart rhythm monitor can be used to detect prolonged episodes

Feel the Rhythm

When Roger Taylor was volunteered to join fellow musicians including Eric Clapton and Roger May for a fund raising concert in the summer of 2011, little did he know he would also lighting the fuse to an important health improvement campaign start by Haste…

How Atrial Fibrillation causes a stroke

About 20% of strokes are caused by passage of a blood clot from the heart. In this blog I describe, in layman terms, the mechanism by which this common heart disorder causes a blood clot to be formed and then pass to the brain