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At the age of 45 years, Mark needed a pacemaker to prevent him from collapsing. The pacemaker implanted by Howard Marshall has saved his life and Mark now enjoys an active lifestyle and is back to normal. Mark feels that the support he received from the British Heart Foundation helped him through the difficult years. Now he wants to return the favour and doing something in return. He has organised a football tournament to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation to be held at Sutton Town Football Club on the afternoon of the 14th May 2016. Come and meet Mark and show your support for the British Heart Foundation on the day. Alternatively, make a donation directly to the BHF.
The tournament brochure is available here.

American Medical Centre

As part of our on-going collaboration with the American Heart Institute in Cyprus, I travelled to Nicosia to assist the team with two cases.  Both patients had refractory ventricular tachycardia as a result of a cardiomyopathy.  We needed to perform ablation both on the inside and on the outside surfaces of the heart.  Both patients had a successful procedure.  We believe that these were the first cases performed in Cyprus where the epicardial route has been used to ablate an arrhythmia.

Epicardial ablation requires the introduction of one or more catheters onto the outside of the heart.  This is undertaken with a small puncture in the skin, just below the breastbone.  The catheter is then advanced toward the heart.  Most cases of ventricular tachycardia do not require epicardial ablation but in the few that do then this is usually successful.

The consultants from the Birmingham Heart Rhythm Group are glad to announce that they are offering consultation sessions at the BMI Droitwich Spa in Worcestershire. This means that we can offer our services more locally to the community in Worcestershire. Please contact us if you want to arrange an appointment in Droitwich Spa.

We have added a Frequently Asked Questions section to our website.  We hope that this will be useful.  It can be viewed here.

A Patient’s Day is being held on Sunday the 2nd October as part of  Heart Rhythm Congress 2011.  There is an informative programme including discussions on atrial fibrillation and syncope.  This is an excellent opportunity for leading experts and patients to meet and talk about current topics in heart rhythm treatment.  A detailed programme and registration information are available at