Happy Christmas from us all at STARS!
2018 will be a special year for STARS, celebrating our 25 th Anniversary of providing information and support for RAS, Syncope and PoTS and ensuring that ‘no faint is a simple faint’ is remembered by clinicians when diagnosing an unexplained loss of consciousness.
Make a Donation this Christmas
Donate to STARS this Christmas and help us to continue our work during 2018. Every donation you make will make a difference as funds raised support our present and future members who need our help, advice and guidance. Syncope is very frightening when no one appears to understand how debilitating it is when not managed.

Click here to donate today!
Our Fundraisers
Our fantastic fundraisers continue to raise much needed funds for the charity, doing everything from cake sales to skydives and marathons.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have fundraised for STARS during 2017, you have been great!

If you would like to fundraise for us during 2018, please click below to find out how and take a look at some of our ideas. 
Devices
Be a member of your own heart care team this Christmas!
 
Do you know if you have an arrhythmia? Have you been told to watch your blood pressure?
 
We have the ideal solutions to help you be in control of your own heart health this Christmas! Monitor at regular intervals to find possible triggers, track your symptoms alongside the physical recordings and manage your health with facts.
AliveCor Kardia
 
The Alivecor Kardia gives a single lead ECG reading in just 30 seconds, and shows your heart rate. Record your symptoms as they happen along with an ECG and track the frequency and potential triggers of your episode – which is unique to you. Next, work with your doctor to manage your symptoms and restore normality.

SPECIAL PRICE FOR CHRISTMAS 5% OFF RRP - JUST £94.05

Watch BP Monitor
 
The Watch BP is a device recommended by NICE to be used to routinely monitor your blood pressure at home. This way, you can find potential triggers for your high or low blood pressure (BP), and share the results with your doctor to ensure your condition is being managed effectively. 

Huge Savings on RRP by purchasing through Arrhythmia Alliance

Watch BP Home S - £45
Watch BP Home A - £75

Highlights from 2017
STARS Patients Day 2017

STARS Patients Day 2017 was once again oversubscribed, a tribute to the calibre of speaker we attract. It was hugely successful with 90% of attendees rating the sessions as good or excellent. Nearly everyone felt that the main benefit was the opportunity to talk to others struggling with similar symptoms and to share the wealth of knowledge and experience that was available.

Next year, for the first time, there will be a dedicated PoTS patients day, running alongside one for RAS and Syncope patients. The agendas will be shared in the New Year and early booking is advised.
Arrhythmia Alliance World Heart Rhythm Week

STARS again supported our sister charity Arrhythmia Alliance during World Heart Rhythm Week, which focused on ‘identifying the undiagnosed person’.  With more than 15 countries participating during this week, more than one million people became pulse rhythm aware.  Over 700 ‘Know your Pulse’ events were held worldwide and more than 10,00 pulses were checked.
 
Date for your 2018 diary
World Heart Rhythm Week 4 – 10 June
Outreach
Our media reach this year has been in excess of 8.5million. Getting us closer to our target for ‘arrhythmia and syncope’ to become household words by 2020. 

Please follow us and support us in making more people aware.
Patient Surveys and Resources
Throughout 2017 we have been working very hard to update our resources. We have also published some brand new resources.

All of our resources are approved by our Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) and endorsed by the Department of Health. This ensures that you are provided with the most up to date and accurate information.

All of our resources can be found by clicking on your chosen charity.

Our patient surveys continue to provide evidence that improvement in patient care is continuously needed.

Surveys showed:

  • Three out of four doctors used the results from a mobile ECG device to make a diagnosis.

  • 15% of respondents developed an infection following a device implant

There will be further surveys as we enter 2018 so please check the STARS website and the monthly ebulletins as YOUR feedback is important to us!
We Wish You a Very Merry Christmas
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