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RESULTS

 

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) 

AF is characterised by a rapid, irregular heartbeat and is the most common heart rhythm irregularity. 

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Why focus on Atrial Fibrillation? 
AF commonly causes the formation of blood clots, which increases the risk of stroke by 5 times. There are, on average, 40 AF-related strokes every day in England.

Anticoagulation is an effective therapy for managing people with AF who are at risk of stroke, and can reduce the risk of stroke by up to 66%. However, many people with AF are not on anticoagulants, meaning they are getting no treatment at all or are on ineffective treatment, such as aspirin, for AF.

THE NATIONAL AMBITIONS: AF

Improving detection and management of AF

Too many people are still living with undetected and poorly managed atrial fibrillation (AF) across Cheshire and Merseyside. Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England have agreed national ambitions for the detection and management of AF over the next 10 years. C&M Health and Care Partnership has committed to acheiving these ambitions through a whole-system approach.


By 2029 the AF ambitions are:
85% of the expected number of people with AF are detected
90% of people with AF who are known to be at high risk of a stroke to be adequately anticoagulated

The infographic to the right reflects national levels as at 2019.

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RESOURCES

The resources below have been collated to support partners across Cheshire and Merseyside to detect and optimally manage atrial fibrillation. 
For additional resources specific to AF during the COVID-19 pandemic CLICK HERE.

GUIDELINES

(Local and National guidelines)

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REPORTS AND DOCUMENTS

(Local and National tools)

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LEAFLETS

(Plus links to relevant websites)

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LOCAL STRATEGIES AND INITIATIVES


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TOOLS

Includes Pharmacies that take BPs tool

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EDUCATION AND EVENTS

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RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE

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