Arrhythmia Alliance News & Events
ONE IN THREE PEOPLE WITH AF ARE UNDIAGNOSED AND AT INCREASED RISK OF SUFFERING AN
Monday 20 November 2017, London: Today is the launch of AF Association Global AF Aware Week (20-26 November), with over 1,000 events taking place across the UK to help identify the undiagnosed person with AF (atrial fibrillation). More than half a million people in the UK currently have undiagnosed AF which leaves them at increased risk of suffering a debilitating, life-threatening AF-related stroke – the most severe type of stroke.
Trudie Lobban MBE, AF Association Founder & CEO, “In the UK, we know that there are over half a million people with undiagnosed AF, who are at risk of suffering a debilitating or life-threatening AF-related stroke. Each year nearly 16,000 people suffer an AF-related stroke, one fifth of these people will only be diagnosed with AF after suffering an AF-related stroke, and even worse, 20% of these patients will die from their AF-related stroke – this cannot go on. During this year’s AF Association Global AF Aware Week, we are calling on all those involved in the management of AF to work together, to help identify these undiagnosed patients and to reduce the numbers of AF-related strokes by a third over the next three years.”
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