Know your Pulse

Get your pulse checked to help detect any risk of Atrial Fibrillation protect against risk of stroke

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate.

This can cause problems including dizziness, shortness of breath and tiredness and is one of the most common forms of abnormal heart rhythm and a major cause of stroke.

Read more about AF on NHS Choices or the British Heart Foundation.

How do I get checked for atrial fibrillation?

GPs across Nuneaton, Bedworth and north Warwickshire are now able to offer a pulse check for everyone aged 65+ or those identified as high risk during routine appointments using the Kardia AliverCore technology.

Image of a pulse check deviceIn 2016/17, we have a total of 3,570 patients in the Warwickshire North CCG area diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and 64 strokes and 21 deaths were prevented. However, the estimated number of people with atrial fibrillation is nearly 5,057 in total. A gap of nearly 1,487 patients need to be identified, diagnosed and receive preventative treatment for stroke.

Within 30 seconds of placing a fingertip on the newly commissioned Kardia AliveCor device, GPs are able to know if their patient has atrial fibrillation and identify if they are at risk of stroke. By identifying the issue early, GPs are able to provide treatment to help prevent and reduce the number of strokes and fatal strokes across the area.

The criteria for a pulse check:

● Aged 65+

● Diabetes

● High Blood Pressure

● Coronary artery disease

● Prior heart attacks

● Congestive heart failure

● Structural heart disease (valve problems or congenital defects)

● Prior open-heart surgery

● Untreated atrial flutter (another type of abnormal heart rhythm)

● Thyroid disease

● Chronic lung disease

● Sleep apnea

● Excessive alcohol or stimulant use

● Serious illness or infection

● BMI 30+

If you are aged 65+ or want to know if you meet the criteria for a free pulse check please contact your local GP practice.

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