'Know Your Pulse' Campaign

Heart Rhythm Week in action!

Free pulse checks and information event at the Bristol Royal Infirmary raises awareness of heart rhythm problems.

Bristol: Staff at The Heart Institute of the Bristol Royal Infirmary, have held a week long pulse check event to show the importance of ‘knowing you pulse’ that could, in turn, save your life.

Trudie Lobban MBE, Founder and Trustee of Arrhythmia Alliance, said, “Finding out about arrhythmias early, could improve a patient's chance of finding a successful treatment and could save their life. That is why Arrhythmia Alliance wants to put pulse into practice and ensure people have their pulse checked when they visit their GP surgery. We encourage people to know their pulse with our simple four step guide available free from www.knowyourpulse.org."


‘Knowing Your Pulse’ is one of the easiest ways to detect a cardiac arrhythmia.  A cardiac arrhythmia is caused by a heartbeat that is too fast, too slow, or irregular. It is important to ‘Know Your Pulse’.

A message from Sir Roger Moore:

'Know Your Pulse' by Sir Roger Moore - click here to watch Roger take his pulse!

Click here to view the Pulse Check Guide and learn why it is important to Know Your Pulse and how to take it.


The ‘Know Your Pulse’ campaign was jointly launched by AFA and Arrhythmia Alliance during Arrhythmia Awareness 2009.

The Know Your Pulse campaign raises public and medical awareness of the pulse as one of the most effective ways of identifying potential cardiac arrhythmias.

What is the point of screening with pulse checks?


  • AF is the most common clinically significant cardiac arrhythmia.  
  • It has been estimated that 2.2 million Americans have paroxysmal or persistent AF.
  • At the age of 40, we all have a 1 in 4 life time risk of developing AF.
  • Reduction in stroke (18% of strokes being associated with AF - the most common heart rhythm disturbance).
  • Reduction in mortality among patients with other co-morbidities such as heart failure, hypertension etc.
  • Detection of previously unknown arrhythmias, enabling patients to receive timely and effective diagnosis and treatment.