Your lifetime risk of having AF is as high as 1 in 4
To find out how you can help prevent an AF and stroke crisis, please click on one of the boxes below.
The most common heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation (AF), can silently cause fatal and severely debilitating strokes. About 1.5 million people in the UK have AF, which increases individual risk of suffering a stroke by nearly 500%.
AF is a growing and serious problem but we estimate that only 18% of all AF patients are currently receiving treatment that safely reduces their risk of stroke. This tragically low figure is made all the worse by the availability of tried and tested treatments that have been in routine use for many years. However, if we all take the right action now, we can improve the diagnosis and treatment of AF; prevent a stroke crisis in the UK. Click here to read the report, or one of the above boxes to find out what you can do.
In 2008 an international group of medical experts and patient organisations joined forces to produce a European report on how to prevent poorly-managed AF from creating a multinational stroke crisis. This website is home to a revised and updated version of that report specifically for the UK. Our goal is to provide you with all you need to know, and what you need to do, to help prevent an AF stroke crisis.
This website and the the report it contains were developed by the Atrial Fibrillation Association (AFA) and AntiCoagulation Europe (ACE), both of which are charities engaged in patient advocacy, support and education. The report content is based upon 'How Can We Avoid a Stroke Crisis?' a Working Group Report prepared by Action for Stroke Prevention. This revision of the original report has been updated and rewritten specifically for online access by patients and those who care for them. Development of this website and its content was supported by an unrestricted grant provided to the AFA and ACE by Bayer Healthcare.