AF Aware Week: 24-30 November 2013
AF Aware Week will take place from 24-30 November 2013. Support us in our first international week dedicated to raising awareness and promoting better understanding of AF.
AF Aware Week’s aims are simple:
Detect – Raising awareness of pulse checks/ECG screening for detection of AF.
Protect – Educating people on the importance of anticoagulation for protection from AF-related stroke and therapies to reduce or stop debilitating symptoms.
How AF aware are you?
Take the AF Challenge today to test your knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of AF.
How can you get involved?
Download free posters and awareness resources for your activity. If you are organising a large public awareness event or display, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know about your planned event. Below are some event ideas for inspiration:
Patients and carers
- Complete the Patient Experience Survey
- Put up posters in your workplace
- Share your story – we are on the lookout for inspirational AF patient stories
- Hold a display in your work place
- Arrange a pulse check awareness event to identify new AF cases in your community
- Sign up to the Heart of AF and access the latest resources and tools on AF
- Register your details to the Heart Rhythm Specialists directory
Free resources for download and print (click to download)
What’s on? Calendar of international events during AF Aware Week
Sunday 24th November - Patient Day at Europe AF. A day for patients, carers and healthcare professionals to learn from each other and share experiences of living with AF.
Tuesday 26th November – Consensus Meeting: Stroke Risk Reduction in non-oral anticoagulant candidates. Meeting to establish the consensus on how left atrial appendage procedure (LAAO) should be used to reduce the risk of stroke in AF.
Wednesday 27th November – All Party Parliamentary Group on AF (APGAF) meeting. The autumn meeting of APGAF in the House of Commons will look at ways to improve the treatment and diagnosis of AF.
Key messages for AF Aware Week
1. One in 4 people will develop AF, a common heart rhythm disorder
2. Every 15 seconds someone suffers an AF-related stroke. AF is the most powerful single risk factor for suffering a deadly or debilitating stroke
3. AF can be detected cheaply and easily with simple manual pulse checks
4. Treatment with an anticoagulant is vital to reduce the risk of stroke
5. For AF Aware Week, make the detection and protection of AF a priority
British charity calls for re-use of pacemakers abroad
bbc.co.uk, 19 November 2013
A British charity wants to remove pacemakers from people who have died in the UK and send the devices to developing countries for re-use.
New smarter Medtronic pacemaker may cut future heart damage -study
reuters.com, 18 November 2013
A new generation of Medtronic Inc's EnRhythm pacemaker programmed to kick in only when heart rhythm disturbances are detected led to fewer deaths, hospitalizations and incidences of developing permanent heart problems than traditional versions of the device, according to data from a study.
Mass screening identifies untreated AF in 5% of 75-76 year olds
rxpgnews.com, 31 August 2013
Stroke is the second cause of death worldwide. Atrial fibrillation is the most common clinically relevant cardiac arrhythmia in Europe, affecting approximately 1.5-2% of the general population.1 Prevalence is estimated to double in the next 50 years as the population ages.
Identification of cardiac arrest at the right time vital: experts
thehindu.com, 17 October 2013
A team from Care Hospital come together to create awareness on simple techniques on the occasion of World Anaesthesia Day.
Tiny, wireless pacemaker due to be launched in Europe
BBC News, 15 October 2013
A miniaturised, wireless pacemaker that can be inserted into the body without invasive surgery has been given approval for use in the European Union.
Iran-Turkey forum on arrhythmias, interventional cardiology opens
tehrantimes.com, October 2013
TEHRAN - Cardiologists from Iran and Turkey held their first forum on arrhythmias, heart failure, and interventional cardiology in Tehran.
Policy on sudden cardiac death essential: expert
hindustantimes.com, 7 October 2013
Every year 12-lakh people die due to sudden cardiac arrest in India and the government must come out with a policy to deal with it, said Dr Sumeet Chugh, a prominent cardiologist from the US.
Warning on heart rhythm risks
thestandard.com.hk, 4 October 2013
One in every four people is at risk over their lifetime of atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm abnormality that could lead to a stroke, experts warn.
DNA tests lead to early discovery of Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome
scmp.com, 30 September 2013
DNA tests can lead to early discovery, and treatment, of conditions such as Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes that can strike without warning.