Know Your Pulse

Know your pulse, was an event at our practice in April 2017 to increase awareness¬†of atrial fibrillation (AF). In general, this is an irregular rhythm of the heart which is a major risk factor for causing a stroke. So simple to detect and easy to treat. Above all, a big thank Ron and Ammu from Chelwest Hospital for their support in running this clinic. We’ve run many of these types of events at our practice in practice and online.

Invitations were to 500 people at risk but without a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. 139 people attended. we found 1 person who had atrial fibrillation but wasn’t aware and arranged further investigations for a few more. We also used this opportunity to measure blood pressure and carry out some general health education.

In London in the next 24 hours

In summary, atrial fibrillation is an irregular heart heartbeat which is which people may not know that they have. It affects 0.5% of the population. As a matter of fact, in London, in the next day, there will be 10 strokes with people with AF. 6 didn’t know they had AF. They could have been treated with blood thinning medication. Of these, 3 will go home, 5 will go to residential care and 2 will die.

In London, in the next day, there will be 10 strokes with people with atrial fibrillation. 6 did’t know they had atrial fibrillation.

It is relatively easy to screen for an AF. Measuring your pulse is a good place to start. So we thought we’d do our bit. So why not check your pulse today?

Here is a summary of our ‘know your pulse’ Event

Introduction

The device used to measure ECG

We had support for the clinic from Patient Representative on the AF project between Chelwest and CLAHRC

And most importantly great patient feedback from more empowered and engaged patients

 

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