Online clinic on heart disease 2012
From 5 - 11 December 2012 NHS Choices and talkhealth teamed up with MedicAlert, Cardiomyopathy Association, HEART UK and The British Heart Foundation to present an Online Clinic on Heart Disease. The clinic is now only open for viewing.
Clinical experts answered questions about issues surrounding heart disease, including angina, heart attacks, palpitations and heart failure and treatments such as angioplasty, bypass and medication and you can read the questions and answers in this clinic by clicking the blue ‘Go to this Online Clinic’ button above.
Please also check our list of future clinic dates here.
MedicAlert is a global charity that provides medical ID jewellery for people with hidden medical conditions or allergies. Situated on the pulse points, it displays the international medical symbol to quickly identify your condition and speed up treatment in an emergency. Because every moment matters.
MedicAlert members benefit from peace of mind that goes far beyond their bracelet. Their conditions are reviewed by medically trained staff, who prioritise the text engraved on each piece of jewellery. A detailed medical record is also held in MedicAlert's secure database, which can be accessed 24/7 by emergency responders.
The heart muscle disease, which affects people of all ages including babies, is usually inherited. It is thought to affect around 200,000 people in the UK.
The charity campaigns for improved care and for more heart checks and genetic testing for affected families to find those at risk and save lives.
It provides support to families through its team of cardiomyopathy support nurses, patient information booklets, information days around the country, local support groups and a network of affected volunteers who provide support by telephone and email.
It has a helpline (free from landlines) 0800 0181 024 and a website full of information about the condition and living with it. More information can be found here
HEART UK is the nation’s cholesterol charity. We're passionate about preventing premature deaths caused by high cholesterol, one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Six out of ten adults in the UK have raised cholesterol. 1 in 500 people are born with an inherited high cholesterol condition called Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH). The majority of people with FH remain undiagnosed and untreated. If untreated, they are at high risk of a heart attack, stroke or sudden death in their 20s, 30s and 40s. HEART UK is lobbying for change to improve the detection of FH in families.
The HEART UK helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm – telephone 08454 505 988 and a website full of information.
British Heart Foundation
British Heart Foundation is the nation's heart charity and were founded in 1961 by a group of medical professionals wanting to fund extra research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease. Their vision is a world where people don't die prematurely from heart disease and are dedicated to keeping vulnerable hearts beating through pioneering research, support and care for patients and their families, and vital information, which helps people understand and care for their own heart health. More information about the British Heart Foundation can be found here.