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STARS Autumn Newsletter Now Available 

Now is the Time - to support Arrhythmia Alliance's Manifesto to save lives

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly due to a malfunction of the heart’s electrical system.  The malfunction that causes SCA is a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm; an arrhythmia.

STARS is working alongside our sister charity, Arrhythmia Alliance, to ensure the long-term survival of resuscitated SCA patients. 

Join us in this campaign to ensure that 50% of sudden cardiac arrest victims in the UK, with a shockable heart rhythm, will return home alive and neurologically intact.


Please read this Manifesto and sign up to show your support here



Personal experiences  

Syncope, Bradycardia, Pacemakers, RAS

Can you help others as you may have been helped by us?
We have new members, newly diagnosed and anxious to read
of others’ experiences.
If you have a story to share then please email

If you are not a confident writer, it does not matter as we will format it for our website.


IMPORTANT: Statement on Device Malfunction

August 2015

Following recent inaccurate media reports on supposedly faulty devices, the following statement is being issued jointly by Arrhythmia Alliance and British Heart Rhythm Society.

Read the full statement here

Selma Blair, leading American actress, is announced as STARS new celebrity patron.

STARS is delighted and excited to welcome star of US film and TV Selma Blair as our new celebrity patron. Selma,aged 42, has been appointed as STARS global ambassador for children diagnosed with reflex anoxic seizures (RAS). Thanking Selma for accepting our invitation, Trudie Lobban MBE FRCP(Edin), STARS Founder and CEO said “ With such a warm spirit we know that she will support our work to advance awareness and education around RAS”

Read the story behind this announcement in the new issue of Take STARS to Heart, which will be posted shortly. To ensure that you receive a copy through your door, become a Friend of STARS today. Click here for more information on how you can become a STARS Friend.


Bradley Oliver Update

Our STARS baker from 2014, Bradley Oliver, has gone on to bake a cake for the Queen and to deliver it in person. 

To read all about Bradley's amazing trip to see the Queen please click here .

Thank you Bradley for all that you have raised and continuing to be strong every day.


Dr Bente Hansen, Clinical Psychologist from the University of Hull has researched and written a paper on Psychogenic Blackouts.

Click here to read a summary of her work which she has shared with STARS.

Exclusive offer for STARS Friends

If you are a Friend of STARS you can now purchase an AliveCor heart monitor for £65. If you would like to become a Friend of STARS and benefit from this amazing offer please visit our dedicated Become a Friend page.

We have a limited stock of AliveCor heart monitors available so order yours TODAY!

Email or call 01789 867 503 to place your order.

Diploma in Syncope and Related Disorders at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

For Medical Professionals

This course is the initiative of STARS Trustee, Professor Rose Ann Kenny and Dr Conal Cunningham.
Already the positive feedback and uptake is more than encouraging. Syncope Units must be the way forward for the future and for anyone whose hospital is considering this then early registration of interest for 2015 is recommended.

Find out more


Support your local support group or start one of your own.

If you would like to gain information and advice from your local support group click here

If you would like to start a support group please email Julie Fear to register your interest


Join the new Syncope Community

Through recent and on-going issues with access to our Yahoo Forum, STARS has made the difficult decision to replace Yahoo with a new forum – HealthUnlocked. STARS HealthUnlocked is free to join and messages are published immediately on posting.

Join STARS HealthUnlocked



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