Atrial fibrillation (AF)

Stroke prevention: Addressing AF

Why focus on stroke prevention?

  • High national prevalence of stroke 2.5%
  • Devastating and lasting impact
  • Large economic impact; 2.8 billion direct costs to NHS

Why AF?

  • Known risk factor for stroke (accounts for 14% of strokes, 18% in AF at time of stroke)
  • Increases risk and severity of stroke
  • AF is very common; affecting more than 600,000 people
  • Identification and management of AF is sub-optimal

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Stroke Improvement Project

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