admin - October 19, 2010
According to an article by the BBC, a recent report issued by the Atrial Fibrillation Association and the Stroke Association in Wales states “better care for those with irregular heartbeats could save the National Health Service (NHS) in Wales millions each year.”
More than 50,000 people in Wales suffer from atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heart beat that is related to stroke. It is the most common type of irregular heart rhythm. Costs to the NHS Wales amounted to more than £100 million in 2008 alone.
“Too often AF passes as an unrecognized condition,…” states Ana Palazon, Director of the Stroke Association in Wales, according to this article, “We want to see patients receive reliable information, to have appropriate access to services and that the condition is recognized early so that appropriate treatment can be offered in pursuit of maintaining good health alongside a good quality of life.”
Read this article in this entirety at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-11558479.
Across the pond and here at home:
In the U.S., atrial fibrillation, also known as “afib,” causes about 100,000 strokes per year and is the leading cause of stroke in older women. Read information from the National Stroke Association at http://www.stroke.org/site/PageServer?pagename=SS_MAG_jf2006_web.
Learn more about the atrial fibrillation screening offered by Life Line Screening and see video of how we perform this simple, non-invasive exam.