There is an estimated 1.4 million people living with Atrial Fibrillation (AF) in England, however over a third of these people are undiagnosed. It is one of the most important risk factors for stroke, contributing to one in five strokes. If left untreated, AF increases the risk of stroke five-fold.
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.
The Stroke Association, 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?'.
'AF: How can we do better?' is a free user-friendly document showing the state of atrial fibrillation care in England and each of its CCGs.
Using data from the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), Public Health England (PHE), Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) and NHSIQ we have compiled a comprehensive summary of the atrial fibrillation care.
You can use these reports to speak to your local CCG or GP about what they’re doing to treat atrial fibrillation and prevent stroke in your area.