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
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
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
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
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