Detect, perfect, and protect
The 15 AHSNs across England are working together with clinicians to improve the detection and care for people living with atrial fibrillation (AF). We know the appropriate use of anticoagulation in AF can prevent stroke and there is currently some variation in the use of oral anticoagulation medication.
What we know?
It is estimated that 1.36 million people are living with AF. AF is a heart condition and is the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia. It is associated with increased risk of stroke as well as reduced cardiac performance and early mortality. Stroke patients with uncontrolled AF are more likely to be diagnosed with severe stroke that can lead to poorer outcomes. It is often asymptomatic and frequently unrecognised and estimated prevalence is around 2.4% according to Public Health England, (March 2015).