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AF Association Global AF Aware Week 2021:

15-21 November 2021 

Each year, AF Association hosts Global AF Aware Week 2021 (GAFAW) to raise awareness of atrial fibrillation (AF). AF is the most common type of arrhythmia (heart rhythm disorder) and is a major cause of stroke. It is also linked to heart failure, depression, and poor quality of life.

For 2021, our key message is “No More Time To Lose” to address the impact of the pandemic on people with, or at risk of, AF. Over the last 18 months, we have lost opportunities to PREVENT AF with healthy habits, DETECT AF with a simple pulse check, PROTECT against AF-related stroke with anticoagulation, CORRECT the irregular rhythm with access to appropriate treatments, and, thus, PERFECT the patient care pathway. Because of these missed opportunities, as we emerge from the pandemic, we have No More Time To Lose.

CLICK HERE to read our GAFAW 2021 Press Release


We need YOU!

5 ways you can get involved with GAFAW2021


1.) Access your toolkit of AF resources

Access our supporter toolkit, full of social media messages, graphics, and posters for you to share during GAFAW! Access our toolkit for healthcare professionals, which includes the AF White Paper, AF resources, posters and social media messages to share during GAFAW!


2.) Request a pulse pack

It is so important for you to Know Your Pulse!

A simple 30 second pulse check could DETECT an irregular rhythm — a sign of AF. If AF is diagnosed, you can then be given anticoagulation to PROTECT against AF-related stroke.

We have a range of Know Your Pulse resources in our virtual pulse pack. You can request a physical pack via our form.

Get in touch if you are interested in hosting a Know Your Pulse event, in your community, as we can support you to organise it.
Please email


3.) Join in the conversation on social media

Throughout GAFAW 2021, we will share a range of infographics and resources on social media to raise awareness of AF. Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and use #GAFAW2021 to help us spread the word!

You can access a range of social media messages to share across your networks in our healthcare professional and supporter toolkits.

You can also view social media post examples on our Social Media Page here

Below is an example of an infographic to share during GAFAW 2021. Access all the infographics here 

4.) Donate to our cause

As a charity, we rely on donations to enable us to maintain our helpline, resources and support services to patients and carers. This GAFAW, please support us, so that we can continue to support you. Donate to AF Association.

5.) If you are a healthcare professional, learn from the 2022 AF Pioneers

During Global AF Aware Week 2021, we are launching the AF Association Healthcare Pioneers Report — Showcasing Best Practice in AF 2022. The AF Pioneers report provides examples of best care to inspire healthcare professionals across the globe to explore innovative approaches to improving care and quality of life for people with AF. CLICK HERE for more information.

View Press Release HERE


Want more information about AF?

We have a wealth of AF resources, including information about living with AF, preventing AF-related stroke, frequently asked questions and much more. Access our range of AF resources here.



We are grateful for the support of our sponsors. We gladly accept sponsorships or donations to support our life-saving work during GAFAW. 





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