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NHS Stroke action will save hundreds of lives

A new £9 million programme to spot heart conditions earlier will save at least 200 lives and offer protection to thousands more, NHS England has announced.

The scheme, which will run until next March, will see almost 20,000 people at higher risk of experiencing a stroke receive targeted checks and treatment as part of the NHS Long Term Plan’s renewed focus on preventing and tackling killer conditions.

Patients will be identified by specialist nurses and clinical pharmacists across the country who are trained to treat a heart condition – called atrial fibrillation – which increases the chance of having a stroke.