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Thursday November 16, 2017

Heart Foundation to host session on atrial fibrillation The Heart Foundation is hosting a special support session for Wellington residents living with atrial fibrillation (AF) like Rodger Ward, on November 20. In 2004, Rodger, an Operations Officer with the Royal New Zealand Navy, was surprised to become one of the more than 80,000 Kiwis diagnosed with the condition, which causes an irregular heart rhythm and increases risk of stroke. “I had a funny sensation, it was like a constant adrenalin buzz or butterflies in the stomach,” Rodger says. “I didn’t think I should be feeling like this and took myself off to the medical centre.” Medical centre staff were worried that Rodger had a heart condition and called an ambulance to take him to hospital. They ran tests and confirmed Rodger had AF. After a few months adjusting his medication until his symptoms were managed effectively, Rodger spent the next 12 years with his condition having little or no impact on his life. However, towards the middle of 2016, he started to experience AF “breakthrough”, where the medication was no longer controlling the AF and it began to affect everything. “I was getting puffed just from walking up a flight of stairs and walking up a hill made me gasp for air, which just didn’t happen normally,” Rodger says. “My father has AF and a friend of mine also has it but our experiences of it are

completely different.” In February this year Rodger, 49, had ablation surgery on his heart and has more recently had a second surgery to manage the symptoms. At the support session, Wellington Regional Hospital cardiologist and electrophysiologist Matthew Webber will discuss living with AF, then there will be an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences.  The support session takes place on Wednesday, November 20 from 5.15 to 7.00pm in the Ngake & Whataitai Rooms, ASB Sports Centre, 72 Kemp St, Kilbirnie. To register go to afwell.eventbrite.co.nz or contact Annette on 04 472 2780 or annettes@heartfoundation.org.nz

safety separation. Another alternative would be prohibiting pedestrians with self-induced deafness or using cell phones from using public spaces. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

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maturely born babies very shortly,” he says. NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) charge nurse manager Rosemary Escott says she was thrilled to be receiving a second unit from the foundation. Wellington Hospitals Foundation is the official charity for Wellington Regional Hospital, Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital, Kenepuru Hospital and Kapiti Health Centre. SELF SERVICE

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Former Navy officer Rodger Ward. PHOTO: Supplied

Solutions to danger of Manners St buses

Dear Editor, Heather Bevan (Letters, November 9) makes very valid points about the council’s obsession with cycleways. This is not a city of wide boulevards! However, they have hit the jackpot now and have found a wide open space for literally a cycleway to nowhere – on the

Wellington Hospitals Foundation is delighted to have arranged for the purchase of another Voyager transport incubator for Wellington Hospital’s neo-natal unit. Chair Bill Day says their appeal to fund one incubator was so successful that the foundation was able to purchase a second incubator costing $180,000. “The order has been placed today and this state-of-the-art incubator will be saving pre-

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Foundation orders another incubator for premature babies

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