Atrial fibrillation (AF)

Facts about AF

  • AF is the most common of all the cardiac arrhythmias and affects more than 600,000 people in England.
  • AF is a major risk factor for stroke and 14% of all stroke patients have AF.
  • AF increases the severity of stroke.


  • Anticoagulant therapy information for patients - from the National Patient Safety Advisory
  • Patient information sheet - Published by the AF Association and Arrhythmia Alliance (AA), this patient sheet is an overview of AF.
  • AF factsheet - Provides five quick facts and encourages you to feel your pulse
  • Poster: Know your pulse - It could save your life - from the AFA
  • Know your pulse card - How to check your pulse and when to seek further advice
  • Poster: Feel the beat...beat the stroke - from the AA

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Stroke Improvement Project

Department of Health stroke links