A new local group has been set up for patients with heart rhythm disorders. Around 1.5 million people in the UK suffer from some form of heart arrhythmia, with many not seeking medical advice despite having a five fold increased risk of stroke compared to those without arrhythmia. Treatment varies from simple medication to having a pacemaker implanted and the use of anticoagulant drugs reduces the risk of a stroke down to that of a person without the condition.
This Andover based arrhythmia patient support group, which aims to provide advice, information and support for patients and their carers, meets quarterly at Andover Memorial Hospital. With local GP Dr Jim Rose as medical lead and the active support of cardiac consultants and specialists among others, the group draws on high level medical expertise and is registered with Arrhythmia Alliance, the heart rhythm charity.
Patients and their carers with this condition are invited to come along to the next meeting which is free of charge. Speakers are Dr Jim Rose GP, Dr Dominic Kelly, consultant cardiologist at Basingstoke Hospital, Deborah Addison, cardiac physiotherapist and Terry Kane, community responder training officer with South Central Ambulances who will demonstrate the use of public automatic defibrillators.
The next meeting is on Wednesday 12th March in the Conference Room at Andover MemorIal Hospital, Charlton Road, starting at 6pm until around 9pm. Meet from 530pm in the hospital's Peaches Restaurant.
For more information and to reserve a place, contact Chris Pitt on 01264 735233 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or call Daisy Harris at Arrhythmia Alliance on 01789 451 829 (email: email@example.com)