It is estimated that more than 420,000 people across England have undiagnosed Atrial Fibrillation (AF), an irregular heart rhythm, which can cause a stroke if not detected and treated appropriately.
One in four people will develop Atrial Fibrillation, it affects an estimated 1.5 million people across the UK and increases the risk of stroke five-fold for people with the condition. It contributes to one in five strokes in the UK and AF and AF related illness costs the NHS over £2.2 billion each year AF often goes undiagnosed and it is estimated there could be another half a million people in the UK with undiagnosed AF.
Every 15 seconds someone suffers an AF-related stroke, yet most can be prevented if AF is detected early enough. This can be done cheaply and easily with a simple manual or single lead ECG pulse check, and using appropriate anticoagulation therapy.