Shoppers get their pulses going

Free pulse checks in Brunswick Pavilion. Atrial-fibrillation nurse Annette Squires checks Jean Gray's pulse, which was regular, at 72 beats per minute. They are pictured with Lorraine Noble and Leanne Reid, sister and staffnurse on the hospital's coronary-care unit. Photo by Dave Barry 112320a
Free pulse checks in Brunswick Pavilion. Atrial-fibrillation nurse Annette Squires checks Jean Gray's pulse, which was regular, at 72 beats per minute. They are pictured with Lorraine Noble and Leanne Reid, sister and staffnurse on the hospital's coronary-care unit. Photo by Dave Barry 112320a

SCARBOROUGH shoppers flocked to get their pulses checked during a special event at the Brunswick Centre to mark Heart Rhythm Week.

Over 200 pulses were checked during the day by specialist staff from Scarborough Hospital.

The event was organised by Annette Squires, atrial fibrillation nurse specialist.

Annette explained: “Many people are unaware that knowing your pulse is the easiest way to detect an underlying heart rhythm problem early. 

“Many more are unsure how to check their pulse correctly, and when pulse rates may need further investigation. This is why we decided to organise a ‘Pulse Check’ event during Heart Rhythm Week.      

“We were delighted that so many people visited the Brunswick Centre to have their pulse checked – at one point we even had a queue!

“We took the pulses of 209 people and of those, four were found to have an irregular pulse, so they have been referred to their GP for further assessment.

“I would like to thank everyone who was involved in this event, especially my colleagues Lorraine Noble, Trish Bollands, Cathy Hendry and Leanne Reid.

“We hope to repeat the event again in the near future.”