STARS celebrates 25 years
SAVE THE DATE: 1 - 7 June 2020
Do you take fainting to heart?
...the majority of Americans don’t, eventhough fainting affects an estimated one million people in the United States each year. One in two Americans are unaware that fainting could be a warning sign for a serious, potentially life-threatening heart condition.
Most Americans rank dehydration, exhaustion and stress as the leading causes of fainting.
But, in many cases, fainting is the only sign of an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
which is a leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest
– a devastating condition that kills more than 250,000 people in the US alone each year.
A simple 30 second pulse check could help detect possible arrhythmia and provide a cause for unexpected faints.
TAKE FAINTING TO HEART - THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SIMPLE FAINT
Why is it important to Know Your Pulse?
There is currently no required program of pulse checks or heart rhythm screening at regular health check-ups. Something as simple as Knowing Your Pulse can save your life or reduce your risk of a debilitating or life-threatening AF-related stroke – the most severe type of stroke. It only takes 30 seconds, and is so simple that people of all ages, young and old, can learn how to do it.
LEARN HOW TO TAKE YOUR PULSE
Know Your Pulse to Know Your Rhythm and together we can bring about change and ensure we all live healthier, longer lives.
Download our information resources (below):
|'Take the Pulse Check Challenge' Poster
Display this poster in your workplace, clinic or community to help encourage others to take the 'Pulse Check Challenge' and to #KnowYourPulse to #KnowYourRhythm.
|'Know Your Pulse' Factsheet
Display this factsheet in your workplace, clinic or community to help educate others on how to correctly check your pulse and why it is important to #KnowYourPulse and understand your heart rhythm.
If you experience an unexplained fainting episode, download the STARS Fainting Checklist and discuss with your family physician who may refer you to an electrophysiologist (heart rhythm expert) for further tests.