Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port & Neston has pledged to work with the AF Association and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Atrial Fibrillation (APGAF) to promote improved diagnosis, treatment and care for the more than 1 million people currently living with Atrial Fibrillation (AF) in the UK.
At an event held in Parliament hosted by the AF Association and APGAF on Wednesday 9th September, Justin Madders MP received a simple pulse check and a single lead ECG reading using the AliveCor ECG device that enables people to check their heart rhythm by using their own smart phone or tablet.
AF is the most common heart rhythm disorder, and is associated with devastating consequences such as heart failure, AF-related stroke, poor mental health, and premature death. It is estimated that as AF is more common in older patients, the number of people with AF is expected to double by 2050 as Britain’s population ages.
Justin Madders MP said:
“I was very impressed by what I heard today about the work of both the AF Association and the APGAF in promoting improved diagnosis, treatment and care of this serious condition, which sadly causes thousands of deaths.
Up to half of Britain’s AF patients remain undiagnosed, even though a simple pulse check could quickly and easily detect the condition, so it is vital that more is done to raise awareness.”
AF Association Chief Executive Trudie Lobban MBE, who hosted the event, added:
“AF causes 12,000 debilitating and fatal strokes in the UK each year, and from the age of 40, we have a 1 in 4 life-time risk of developing AF. Early detection is vital, and with a simple pulse check or use of the AliveCor ECG device, detection can be quick and inexpensive. With the support of MPs and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AF, we can ensure that improved detection, treatment and care for people with AF is prioritised to reduce thousands of avoidable deaths and costs to the health service.”