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Journal of General Practice Nursing (GPN) | September 2015

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Identifying and managing atrial fibrillation in primary care — part 1

Identifying and managing atrial fibrillation in primary care — part 1
Long-term conditions

Article topics: AF-related stroke, Anticoagulation, Assessment and management, Atrial fibrillation, Case identification

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained adult cardiac arrhythmia with over one million people diagnosed with AF in the UK (Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2014; Information Services Division [ISD] Scotland, 2014; Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, 2014; Stats Wales, 2014). Many more people are thought to have undiagnosed AF (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence [NICE], 2014) and the true UK prevalence is currently estimated to be 2.4% (Public Health England [PHE], 2015). The number of people with AF could significantly rise due to the growing elderly population and the increasing prevalence of those living longer with associated long-term conditions. Clinicians working in primary care can expect to see a growing demand to provide high-quality care for people with or at risk of developing AF. This includes checking for it, treating people who are newly-diagnosed and providing onward monitoring of people with an established diagnosis of AF. This two-part series looks at how to improve the provision of AF management in primary care.

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