We’re starting a campaign to increase the detection of atrial fibrillation, an irregular rhythm of the heart which is a major risk factor for causing a stroke. It’s simple to detect and easy to treat.

Here are some facts.

In London in the next 24 hours

  • 10 strokes will happen in people with atrial fibrillation.
  • 8 will be known to have atrial fibrillation
  • 6 should have been treated with blood thinning medication and have not been detected.
  • 5 will go to residential care
  • 3 will go home
  • 2 will die

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

How to check your pulse, to see if you are at risk of Atrial Fibrillation

There are many people who have atrial fibrillation, who have not been diagnosed. Here is some national data which shows 

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So, check your pulse today, particularly if you are over 65. If there is anything you are unsure of please contact you GP. 

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