What is the Charter?

The Global AF Patient Charter aims to improve the treatment and overall health of people who have AF and those who have had AF-related stroke. It focuses on five critical recommendations:

Early detection saves lives.

Stroke prevention should be a greater priority for governments.

Improved diagnosis and treatment of people who live with AF can prevent AF-related strokes and offer better outcomes if stroke occurs.

Enhancing knowledge and practices in the healthcare workforce will improve prevention, detection and management of AF and AF-related strokes.

Innovative technologies that improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of people with AF or at risk of AF-related stroke must be made appropriately available at the earliest opportunity. 34

If countries take action on these five recommendations, both the cost to society and the cost to healthcare systems of AF and AF-related stroke can be reduced in meaningful ways, and improvements in patient care can be made.

The Global
AF-Patient Charter

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Sign Against Stroke aims to gather 1.7 million signatures in support of the Charter – one for each of the estimated number of people with AF who lose their lives or are disabled every year due to stroke — and provide those signatures to healthcare decision makers in countries across the world.

Strong support backing the Charter recommendations will help put AF and AF-related stroke prevention at the forefront of national health agendas.

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1. Early detection saves lives.

Early diagnosis, followed by appropriate medical treatment, can improve the long-term health of people living with AF. It can also lead to savings for national governments and healthcare providers. 45 Pulse checks are a quick, simple and extremely low-cost way to detect if someone may have AF. 13, 44

Irish MEP Jim Higgins posterimage

Irish MEP Jim Higgins

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We call on national governments to implement public information campaigns that raise awareness of the early signs of AF, the risk factors of stroke, and the importance of pulse checks backed up with readily available AF education and information materials.

2. Stroke prevention should be a greater priority for governments.

Strokes, including AF-related strokes, are preventable; when they occur, appropriate management can greatly improve patient lives, ease the workload for carers and reduce costs to governments and healthcare providers. 45-48

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British MEP Rebecca Taylor

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We call on national governments to make stroke and AF-related stroke prevention and care a national healthcare priority. We recommend that nations keep records of anyone who has had a stroke so that the number of new cases, numbers living with the effects of stroke and the success of therapy can be accurately monitored to help improve future treatments.

3. Improved diagnosis and treatment of people who live with AF can prevent AF-related strokes and offer better outcomes if stroke occurs.

Implementing guidelines is one way that healthcare organizations can improve the health of those affected by AF-related stroke and reduce overall costs. 48-50

Romanian MEP Cristian Silviu Busoi posterimage

Romanian MEP Cristian Silviu Busoi

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We call on healthcare providers to implement widely accepted clinical guidelines on the treatment of AF and AF-related stroke that aim to improve the care and outcomes of people who have had an AF-related stroke. 1,2,51,52

4. Enhancing knowledge and practices in the healthcare workforce will improve prevention, detection and management of AF and AF-related strokes. 2

Awareness of heart rhythm disorders among many health professionals needs to be improved to ensure that disorders are diagnosed and treated effectively. 53-55

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Portugese MEP Edite Estrela

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We call on medical professionals and healthcare providers to ensure continued professional education about the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with AF is mandatory for GPs.

We call for stronger ties between GPs and hospital specialists to help ensure that people who have AF or have had an AF-related stroke receive the appropriate treatment for their condition.

5. Innovative technologies that improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of people with AF or at risk of AF-related stroke must be made appropriately available at the earliest opportunity. 56

Advances that lead to reduction in hospitalization and strokes as well as improvements in quality of life and long-term cardiac health in for people with AF is required. 20

Italian MEP Vittorio Prodi posterimage

Italian MEP Vittorio Prodi

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We call on national governments to increase access to immediate emergency care and specialist stroke units where the newest technologies are available.

We call on governments and healthcare providers to consider clinical trial and real-world evidence of the impact of AF to make healthcare decisions that better reflect the needs of people with the condition.