Get your finger on the pulse

Cardiac specialist nurse Melloney Threlkeld and cardiographer Michelle Keenan getting ready for Know Your Pulse week
Cardiac specialist nurse Melloney Threlkeld and cardiographer Michelle Keenan getting ready for Know Your Pulse week

A FREE health check is under way which could help save lives.

A team of cardiac nurses at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is offering visitors free pulse checks during Arrhythmia Awareness Week (AAW) from today.

And all that members of the public have to do is get along to either the University Hospital of Hartlepool or the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, to find out more.

Loads of information as well as a chance to have pulses checked is available to visitors between 2pm-4pm each day this week until Friday.

Cardiac specialist nurse Liz Harbron said: “Pulse checks are one of the most effective ways of identifying heart abnormalities by monitoring regularity, strength and speed.

“This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about heart rhythm disorders and provide support and advice. We’re encouraging people to come along and take away information about a wide range of heart problems.”

The campaign called Know Your Pulse has been organised by the Arrhythmia Association which is a coalition of patients, carers and medical professions.

The Hartlepool hospital’s cardiac specialist nurse, Melloney Threlkeld, said: “Hartlepool in general is known as an area for its heart disease levels, lack of health and poor health.

“By doing a pulse check, we can see if the heartbeat is regular and the pulse is fast.

“We can advise people if they need to go to their GP.”

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