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Cardiac arrhythmias can develop in people of any age but are more common in those aged over 60. Women tend to be at higher risk of certain arrhythmias, whereas men are 3 times more likely to develop atrial fibrillation at any age. However, of those people who develop atrial fibrillation, women have a much higher incidence of morbidity and mortality. The area of where the Carnation Ambulatory Monitor patch is applied will need shaving if hair is present. Some religions forbid cutting or shaving bodily hair. To show the device is working correctly, an LED light flashes when the recorder is attached to the battrode. People with a visual impairment may need help to check that the device is assembled and placed correctly. Religion, disability, age and sex are protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.