Designed to raise awareness of Atrial Fibrillation (AF), Global AF Aware Week will run from Monday 18 November until Sunday 25 November 2019.
Atrial Fibrillation is the most commonly experienced arrhythmia (heart rhythm disorder), and is an irregular, rapid heart rhythm that causes symptoms like heart palpitations, fatigue and shortness of breath.
Affecting more than 1.5 million people across the UK, with up to 500,000 people still unidentified and therefore undiagnosed, AF usually occurs when the upper chambers of the heart beat out of rhythm.
AF can affect adults of any age but is most common in those aged 65 and over. Although not life threatening itself, AF can quickly develop into life threatening conditions, particularly AF-related stroke and heart failure.
In fact, AF-related strokes are known to be more devastating, debilitating and more likely to be fatal than any other type of stroke. Patients with AF have a five-fold higher risk of developing an AF-related stroke and a two-fold risk of dying from an AF-related stroke, which highlights the importance of early detection of AF.
Early detection of AF can prevent the likelihood of an AF-related stroke or heart failure, and the key aim of Global AF Aware Week, is to detect AF through the Know Your Pulse Programme (www.knowyourpulse.org/uk)
There is currently no required programme of pulse checks or heart rhythm screening in the UK, so something as simple as the Know Your Pulse Programme can save lives and reduce the risk of a debilitating or life threatening AF-related stroke. It takes just 30 seconds and is simple for people of all ages.
The Know Your Pulse programme enables people to detect, protect, correct and perfect AF using a simple 30 second pulse check, which could save many lives. For more information about Global AF Aware Week visit www.gafaw.org, for more information about detect, protect, correct, perfect visit www.detectaf.org
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