URGING BETTER ATRIAL FIBRILLATION DETECTION to prevent 7,100 strokes a year

AF pulse checkAs part of AFAware week Andrew Gwynne MP has pledged support to improve the detection and treatment of Atrial Fibrillation and help prevent 7,100 strokes a year.

Atrial Fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disturbance encountered by doctors and is associated with deadly and debilitating consequences including heart failure, stroke, poor mental health, reduced quality of life and premature death. There are an estimated 1.5 million sufferers in the UK and the condition costs the NHS £1.8 billion per year.

As part of AFAware week and the Detect and Protect campaign Mr Gwynne received a pulse check in Parliament and committed to helping tackle the condition in Tameside and Stockport

Pulse checks are the easiest and most effective method to detect AF, however only 38.2% of Clinical Commissioning Groups across the UK encourage GPs to carry out pulse checks.  When an irregular pulse is identified, it is important that the most appropriate treatment is then prescribed.  It is estimated that by doing so, 7,100 AF-related strokes could be prevented each year.

Commenting on the importance of detecting and treating AF, Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“I am delighted to support the Detect and Protect campaign in advance of AFAware week. Atrial Fibrillation is a condition that affects a large proportion of the British population and more needs to be done to promote awareness about detecting and treating AF patients.

“Not only is it important that AF is identified through the use of a simple pulse check, but it is crucial that following this diagnosis patients receive the most appropriate treatment for them.  It is estimated that by doing so, 7,100 AF related strokes can be prevented each year.”

Speaking at this event, Trudie Lobban MBE, the founder and Chief Executive of the AF Association said:

“Atrial Fibrillation is a very serious condition, and every 15 seconds someone in the UK suffers an AF-related stroke.  Despite this, not enough is being done to help detect then treat people who have the condition.

“With this in mind, we welcome the support of Andrew Gwynne MP and his commitment to help promote awareness of AF within Stockport and Tameside.”

For further information about the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Atrial Fibrillation, the AF Association or to find out how to get involved with AFAware week, visit http://www.atrialfibrillation.org.uk/

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