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Derek Twigg, MP for Halton

Working Hard for Widnes, Runcorn & Hale

Derek Twigg MP campaigns to raise awareness of stroke caused by under-diagnosed heart condition

18 Nov 2015

Derek Twigg MP is supporting a campaign to raise awareness of atrial fibrillation (AF), a heart condition that causes an irregular pulse and increases a person’s risk of stroke by four to five times .

Because AF does not always cause symptoms, some people are unaware they have the condition . The Government estimates that 700,000 people in the UK may have the condition without knowing it, and so might be at increased risk of having a stroke .

GPs and other healthcare professionals can identify AF through a simple pulse check, and the risk of having a stroke can be reduced through treatment with anticoagulants that are recommended by NICE.

In NHS Halton CCG, the CCG that covers the largest proportion of Halton, it is estimated that 2,859 people have AF . However, about 37 per cent of those are not thought to be treated with anticoagulants that would help reduce their risk of stroke .

To raise awareness of AF, Derek Twigg MP had his pulse checked in Parliament at a walk-in clinic that was hosted by the Lord Black of Brentwood on behalf of the charity AntiCoagulation Europe. The event was funded by Bayer HealthCare.

Eve Knight, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of AntiCoagulation Europe, said:

“With stroke the largest cause of death in Europe, and a major cause of adult disability, it’s vital that more is done to detect and diagnose AF and then minimise the risk of stroke by providing appropriate medication. People with AF should be given information about anticoagulation and have access to the full range of NICE-recommended treatment options.”

“I’m delighted to see Mr Twigg tackling this important health issue and raising awareness of AF and stroke prevention in Halton”

NHS Choices, Atrial fibrillation: Introduction.  Accessed on 21 October 2015 via:
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Atrial-fibrillation/Pages/Introduction.aspx

NHS Choices, Atrial fibrillation: Complications.  Accessed on 21 October 2015 via:
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Atrial-fibrillation/Pages/Complications.aspx

NHS Choices, Atrial fibrillation: Symptoms.  Accessed on 21 October 2015 via:
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Atrial-fibrillation/Pages/Symptoms.aspx

Atrial Fibrillation Association, The AF Report – Atrial Fibrillation: Preventing A Stroke Crisis, 2011. Accessed on 22 October 2015 via:
http://www.preventaf-strokecrisis.org/files/files/The%20AF%20Report%2014%20April%202012.pdf

Stroke Association, AF: How can we do better?, Accessed on 22 October 2015 via:
https://www.stroke.org.uk/professionals/af-how-can-we-do-better

Stroke Association, AF: How can we do better?, Accessed on 22 October 2015 via:
https://www.stroke.org.uk/professionals/af-how-can-we-do-better



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