Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate and can lead to stroke. It is the most common heart rhythm disorder. About 1.4 million people in England have AF; around 2.5% of the population. Across England about 425,000 people are living with undiagnosed and untreated AF. There are several treatment options recommended in NICE Clinical Guidance, including anticoagulant medicines that alleviate symptoms and reduce the risk of a stroke. NICE have produced resources for STPs and ICSs to help support detection of AF and anticoagulation.
AF is a collective priority for England’s 15 AHSNs. Eastern AHSN is working to prevent AF-related stroke and improve health- through better identification and management of people with AF, by:
- Increasing the detection of AF in line with expected prevalence in the region
- Reducing the incidence of avoidable AF-related strokes
- Increasing the proportion of people with AF who are offered, and started, on appropriate treatment