Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, is supporting a campaign to raise awareness of atrial fibrillation (AF), a heart condition that causes an irregular pulse and increases a person’s risk of stroke by four to five times.
“Because AF does not always cause symptoms, some people are unaware they have the condition. The Government estimates that 700,000 people in the UK may have AF without knowing it, and so might be at increased risk of having a stroke.
“GPs and other healthcare professionals can identify AF through a simple pulse check, and the risk of having a stroke can be reduced with appropriate treatment.
“In NHS West Cheshire CCG, the CCG that covers the largest proportion of Ellesmere Port and Neston, it is estimated that 6,960 people have AF so it’s vital that more is done to detect and diagnose AF and then minimise the risk of stroke.”