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Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation

There are a number of projects currently running within the Network regarding the prevention of Atrial Fibrillation (AF).

AF is a key risk factor for Stroke and contributes directly to around 14% of all Stroke events in the UK.

Work is currently underway to educate GPs and the public about the dangers of AF and ways of early detection.

'Pulse Check' campaigns (designed to assist in the detection of AF) are being undertaken in Nursing Homes and GP Practices across the Network.

Three of our GP Practices are also trialing a brand new piece of equipment which automatically detects AF in patients when a blood pressure reading is taken. Results of this trial will be available shortly.

Dr Indira Natarajan (Consultant Physician UHNS) will be commencing a trial using 'take home' Blood Pressure monitors which automatically detect whether a patient has AF. Patients are required to record their blood pressure at regular, twice daily, intervals and results are automatically stored on the device. Once the device is returned after a two week trial all readings are available electronically and patients can be monitored and assessed.