Global Atrial Fibrillation Aware Week

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We are proud to be supporting Global Atrial Fibrillation Aware week between 21 and 27 November 2022.

Atrial Fibrillation is a common problem that causes an irregular heart rhythm. It is often shorted to AF.

Most people with AF don’t know they have it, because it’s usually symptomless. But 1 in 5 strokes are AF-related. These strokes are often more serious, with more damage to the brain and worse long-term effects. That’s why we’ve identified AF as one of our key priorities for stroke prevention.

Often, the first time people find out they’ve got atrial fibrillation is after their stroke. We want to change that, and so we are seeking to support the NHS to improve the detection of AF. 

Raising awareness amongst the general public is also a key activity for us. Especially given AF can happen to anyone, including people who are otherwise fit and well. There could be up to half a million people living with atrial fibrillation who don’t know they have it.  

To see what is happening as part of Global AF Aware Week, visit Global AF Aware Week - AF Association - UK. You can spread the word on social media using the hashtag #GAFAW2022

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