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“Know Your Pulse” is a campaign to raise awareness of Atrial Fibrillation (AF).
AF, or irregular heartbeat, is a serious heart condition which can cause a stroke if left untreated. In fact, it's estimated that 14% of all strokes are attributable to AF.
The condition affects almost 1 in 50 of the population and can be found in adults of any age. It becomes more common as people get older, affecting around 1 in 10 people aged over 65.
For these patients, AF is a long term condition and requires treatment to manage symptoms including dizziness, palpitations, tiredness and chest pain. However, some patients may be without symptoms and have the condition without even knowing it.
It's easy to treat with medication and if managed effectively, the risk of a patient with AF having a stroke can be reduced by at least half.
Click here for the Atrial Fibrillation Association's factsheet about AF.
Click here for the Arrhythmia Alliance's pulse check guide.