Atrial Fibrillation (AF) and Stroke

There are about 1.2 million people with AF in the UK. The risk of stroke increases five-fold for people with the condition and it contributes to one in five strokes in the UK.

AF often goes undiagnosed. It is estimated there could be another half a million people in the UK with undiagnosed AF.

AF-related strokes are often more severe with higher mortality and greater disability. Treatment with an anticoagulant significantly reduces the risk of stroke in people with AF.
We, in partnership with Public Health EnglandRoyal College of PhysiciansRoyal College of General Practitioners and British Heart Foundation, have created 'AF: How can we do better?'
Using data from the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), Public Health England (PHE), Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) and NHSIQ we've compiled a comprehensive summary of the atrial fibrillation  (AF) care. 
This free user-friendly document shows the state of AF care in England and each of its CCGs. View this report to see 

Know Your Blood Pressure



Our Prevention team is currently piloting a project integrating mobile Atrial Fibrillation checks into our Know Your Blood Pressure events.

The aim is to raise public awareness of Atrial Fibrillation and signpost anyone with possible AF to their GP.

If this pilot is successful we hope to roll out a national integration of AF checks into all of our KYBP events.

The progress, findings and future plans of this will be shared in our Professionals Network updates in 2018. Sign up to receive updates .


With your support, the Stroke Association can raise awareness of the FAST test and ensure your patients know how to recognise the signs of stroke.

We have free resources available for you to provide to your patients. Order or download them now to help you share the FAST message.


You can order FAST wallet cards or leaflets and download our information pack to pass on to your patients.