Better public awareness of AF could reduce strokes

Better public awareness of atrial fibrillation could reduce the occurrence of strokes, a study suggests.

AF is a form of arrhythmia affecting the upper chambers of the heart combined with heart failure (Photograph: SPL)
AF is a form of arrhythmia affecting the upper chambers of the heart combined with heart failure (Photograph: SPL)

A survey of over 1,000 people for The Stroke Association found that two thirds did not know that AF increased their risk of having a stroke.

Steve Benveniste, campaigns officer at The Stroke Association said: 'Public recognition of atrial fibrillation, and in particular its link to stroke, is incredibly low. Many people may not recognise the symptoms of AF, resulting in them not being diagnosed and leaving them at risk of stroke.'

A separate survey by Stroke Association questioned over 1,000 GPs about their concerns over AF management. Over three quarters of GPs questioned felt that problems existed with the diagnosis, treatment and management of the condition.

A third of these cited lack of public awareness as a reason for this.

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