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Working to provide all round support for heart patients across the East Midlands

For heart patients, their families and carers

About Us

Beat-It, East Midlands offers award-winning* specialist support for heart patients, their families and carers across the East Midlands.  If you have a heart condition or know/care for someone who does then this group may well be of interest to you.

We aim through support groups to offer an eclectic mix of sharing experiences, meeting others in the same position and the element of education so that patients can become more informed about their conditions and generally lead happier lives. By presenting an invaluable and unparalleled opportunity for patients and their families to learn more about heart conditions, Beat-It, East Midlands is committed to providing patients with a relaxed, yet still educational, setting.

Through regular meetings, groups will provide an untold amount of support to arrhythmia patients and their families.

We are also active in the community raising awareness of heart conditions running workshops and hosting talks as well as holding pulse aware events more specifically directed at detecting irregular heartbeats.  If you would like to know more please get in touch. 


Wednesday 2nd June, 2021 at 6 pm (zoom)
Pandemic Recovery

A zoom talk with Dr Andrew Houghton and Virginia C Dellow looking at heart patient support and care in a peri-pandemic era.

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Wednesday 15th September 2021, 6 pm (venue tba)
Further details coming soon

Tuesdays Weekly, 5 pm to 6 pm (by appointment on Zoom)
Natter Cafe
A safe place to meet virtually with our wellbeing team. Available during pandemic lockdowns. To book on, email beatiteastmidlands@outlook.com by 23.59 on the Monday

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Beat-It was a godsend to find. I’d recently been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation but didn’t know much about it and felt quite anxious. Coming along to Beat-It meant I could meet other people with similar conditions and also learn from the specialists who gave their time up to share valuable information, listen and answer questions

A Member

Who’s Who at Beat-It

Dr Andrew Houghton: Consultant Cardiologist at Grantham Hospital and medical writer, with interests in cardiac imaging (CMR & echo) and medical education. Author of the Making Sense… series of cardiology books and clinical lead for Beat-It, East Midlands

Virginia Dellow:  MSc Health Psychology graduate and experienced coaching practitioner helping people to live well across their lifespan and to fulfil their potential through evidence-based practice specialising in psychological resilience training and supporting people with chronic illness. Research areas to date have focussed on the impact of stress and social support in the development and maintenance of atrial fibrillation. She is the founder and patient lead of Beat-It.

Wendy Chaplin: MSc Health Psychology graduate and PhD student at University of Nottingham. Currently researching musculoskeletal pain and frailty in an ageing population. She has previously worked with cardiac rehabilitation and exercise for older people.

Simon Mark Daley: Cardiology Advanced Clinical Practioner at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust experienced in managing and assessing a variety of cardiovasular issues. He is currently completing an MSc in Advanced Clinical practice and is a keen runner

Christopher Rudge: Cardiology Advanced Clinical Practioner at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust. He is currently an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice. His special interests are in acute cardiology, with a focus on patient and staff education.

Mitra Salimian: MSc Health Psychology graduate and yoga instructor. Currently working as volunteer research assistant at University of Nottingham. She has previously worked in a Rehabilitation institute as an Assistant Psychologist providing support for people with long-term health conditions.

Please note Beat-It East Midlands does not offer advice on individual cases but rather aims to offer support and information in the wider context. We are not in position to make specific recommendations and users should raise any individual questions with their own clinician.

Beat-It East Midlands

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