Call for heart rhythm patients and doctors to talk more to prevent stroke or bleeding complications
4 June 2019
-Survey suggests that, for people living with atrial fibrillation (AF), NICE guidelines need to be implemented more consistently
-In the UK, AF affects around 1 in 10 people aged 65 years of age and over
(Uxbridge, Middlesex, Tuesday 4 June 2019) People with a common heart rhythm condition, called atrial fibrillation (AF), should talk to their doctor about the long-term therapy they are being prescribed to prevent AF-related strokes.
A new survey suggests that, contrary to national guidelines, the majority (63%) of people with atrial fibrillation (AF) prescribed anticoagulants, a type of medication that helps prevent blood clots, were not given a choice of which anticoagulant they would receive. As many as 1 in 5 (20%) stated they were not made aware by their healthcare professional of their increased risk of an AF-related stroke, or steps they should take to help reduce their risk.