Bridlington’s new heart clinic opens

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A NEW clinic to treat patients with a heart problem common in the elderly has opened at Bridlington Hospital.

The nurse-led clinic, for patients with Atrial Fibrillation – an abnormality of heart rhythm – has been set up with the support of the stroke and cardiology departments.

Held on a Friday morning in the Outpatient’s Department at Bridlington Hospital, it will run alongside the existing consultant cardiology clinic.

Atrial Fibrillation is an abnormality of heart rhythm that occurs in around 1% of people under 6-years of age and around 10% of the population over 80-years-old.

The condition is not life-threatening but it can cause heart palpitations, fainting, dizziness, shortness of breath and chest pain.

Annette Squires, Atrial Fibrillation Nurse Specialist, who runs the clinic explained: “Quite often individuals are not aware that an irregular pulse can mean that they have this condition. It’s so important to check with your doctor as early treatment can prevent serious illness.

“Although it is linked to several cardiac conditions, Atrial Fibrillation can also occur in otherwise normal hearts.

“The main risk associated with Atrial Fibrillation is an increased risk of Stroke which can have such devastating consequences.

“The aim of the clinic is to have rapid access for newly diagnosed patients or those who are strongly suspected of having intermittent Atrial Fibrillation.

“The clinic will also be able to provide rapid investigations as well as advice and support for patients starting on treatment.”