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4 February 2020

Hospital arrhythmia team named as ‘pioneers’

A hospital team that treats patients with an irregular heartbeat has been named as ‘pioneers’ in recognition of work they have done on incorporating exercise into rehabilitation.



The Sheffield Arrhythmia team, based at the Northern General Hospital, received an Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Pioneers Award from the AF Association UK and Arrhythmia Alliance.

Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition that causes an irregular and sometimes abnormally fast heart rate.

The team attended an awards ceremony at the House of Commons, where they presented their project to fellow experts.

They were chosen for the award due to work they have undertaken to incorporate cardiac exercise rehabilitation into care for patients with AF, and doing so by utilising existing services to maximise NHS efficiency and provide the best care pathway for patients.

They have studied the effect of the rehabilitation programme on patients’ exercise capacity, weight, and psychological health, and looked at factors that could lead patients to drop out of the programme in order to improve uptake.

Consultant Cardiologist Dr Andreas Kyriacou said: “Our work demonstrated that exercise improves significantly the distance AF patients can walk and importantly it improved their depression and anxiety scores.

“Our findings were quite informative on how arrhythmia services can be improved and provide the best value for money service to the NHS.

“This was a great achievement for the team.”


(Pic, from left to right: Andrew Horwood arrhythmia nurse lead; Dr Andreas Kyriacou, Consultant Cardiologist; Professor A John Camm, Professor of Cardiology; Lis Johnson, lead cardiac rehab nurse; Anna Gregory, Arrhythmia nurse; Dr Mark Mills, Junior Doctor, Dr Hamza Zafar, Specialist Registrar; Sarah Charlesworth, arrhythmia nurse)


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