AF is caused by an irregular rhythm of the heart, this is caused by the heart not pumping blood through properly, if the blood doesn’t move quickly or smoothly enough, this can lead to blood clots resulting in stroke.
Every 18 minutes in the UK, somebody suffers an AF-related stroke, that’s around 30,000 AF related strokes EACH YEAR.
Around 1.3 million people in the UK, have been diagnosed with having Atrial Fibrillation (AF) & that number keeps on rising.
When a person has suffered a stroke, your doctor/hospital consultant may prescribe you Anti-Coagulant medication. These are used to thin your blood, greatly reducing the risk of suffering further strokes. Even if you haven’t had a stroke, a doctor may still prescribe anti-coagulants, if you have been diagnosed with having Atrial Fibrillation (AF).