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Public Health England CVD Ambitions

A new coalition led by Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England has announced the first ever national ambitions to improve the ... read more

NHS Stroke action will save hundreds of lives

A new £9 million programme to spot heart conditions earlier will save at least 200 lives and offer protection to thousands more, NHS ... read more

Atrial fibrillation: time for active case finding

Substantial evidence has now accrued to robustly support systematic case finding using pulse regularity checks in general practice to ... read more

Quality and Outcomes Framework, Achievement, prevalence and exceptions data 2018-19 PAS

The objective of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is to improve the quality of care patients are given by rewarding practices ... read more

Effectiveness of Systematic Screening for the Detection of Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in clinical practice and is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. ... read more

A Randomised Controlled Trial and Cost-Effectiveness Study of Systematic Screening – The SAFE Study

To determine the most cost-effective method of screening for atrial fibrillation (AF) in the population aged 65 years and over, as well read more

Primary Care Atrial Fibrillation Pathway

Primary Care AF pathway for patients with suspected Atrial Fibrillation. read more

Early prolonged ambulatory cardiac European Journal of Medical Research Open Access monitoring in stroke (EPACS): an open-label randomised controlled trial

Cardioembolism in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is a preventable cause of transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or ischaemic stroke; ... read more

SWAHSN Atrial Fibrillation Poster – Opportunistic AF screening in a podiatry setting

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrthymia and often goes unnoticed until complications occur, the most significant ... read more

Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Cryptogenic Stroke

Atrial fibrillation is a leading preventable cause of recurrent stroke for which early detection and treatment are critical. However, ... read more

Cryptogenic Stroke and Underlying Atrial Fibrillation

Current guidelines recommend at least 24 hours of electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring after an ischemic stroke to rule out atrial ... read more

Opportunistic Atrial Fibrillation (AF) screening in a podiatry setting, Torbay, Devon

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrthymia and often goes unnoticed until complications occur, the most significant ... read more

AF Standard Operating Procedure Final

The purpose of this document is to use a standardised and comprehensive process to check podiatry patients for possibly atrial ... read more

Know Your Pulse: Raising awareness to reduce atrial fibrillation-related strokes for the public and health professionals

The Innovation Agency, North West Coast Academic Health Science Network has run several campaigns to help highlight awareness of Atrial read more

Overview of AF – Don’t Wait to Anticoagulate

AF is a condition that affects the heart, causing it to beat irregularly and too fast. When this happens, blood does not flow ... read more

Diabetes Podiatry and Atrial Fibrillation

Pilot work in County Durham & Darlington showed that for every 500 people having their annual diabetes foot check, 1 new ... read more

AF Raising Awareness Scratch Card

This scratch card developed by North East and North Cumbria AHSN is designed for use in community pharmacies and community settings to ... read more

Using Kardia by AliveCor

Tips to take a good reading using the AliveCor. Including possible outcomes and recommended action. read more

SOS-AF – the AF screening service at Addenbrookes Hospital Video

SOS-AF – the AF screening service at Addenbrookes Hospital Video

The Screening, Optimising and Supporting stroke prevention in AF (SOS-AF) service was launched in October 2017 by Cambridge University ... read more

Mike Larking from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service – Diagnostick Video

Mike Larking from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service – Diagnostick Video

Mike Larking from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service tells how fire crews are supporting the Innovation Agency by testing pulses during ... read more

Dr Alena Machell – Kardia Device Readings

Dr Alena Machell – Kardia Device Readings

Dr Alena Machell talks about the use of Kardia to detect AF at her surgery in the Wirral. read more

Merseyside GP Chris Mimnagh who uses the Kardia mobile device on his patients to detect AF

Merseyside GP Chris Mimnagh who uses the Kardia mobile device on his patients to detect AF

GP Chris Mimnagh uses Kardia mobile device to detect AF. read more

Primary Care Talks

Primary Care Talks

Primary Care Talks is a series of podcasts produced by the Eastern AHSN that discuss innovative developments in the primary health and ... read more

Supporting Clinicians to Identify Patients with Atrial Fibrillation in North Lincolnshire

Supporting Clinicians to Identify Patients with Atrial Fibrillation in North Lincolnshire

Have a look at how Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network works with GPs and community pharmacists to help them ... read more

Y&H AHSN Atrial Fibrillation: Use of AliveCor in Community Pharmacies (Ireland Wood Pharmacy Leeds)

Y&H AHSN Atrial Fibrillation: Use of AliveCor in Community Pharmacies (Ireland Wood Pharmacy Leeds)

Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network working with community pharmacists to help them identify people with Atrial ... read more

AF Stroke prevention programme in the North West Coast

AF Stroke prevention programme in the North West Coast

Atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm, is a real priority for the health service in the North West Coast as undetected AF can ... read more

An interview with National Clinical Lead for Stroke Medicine – Dr Debbie Lowe

An interview with National Clinical Lead for Stroke Medicine – Dr Debbie Lowe

National Clinical Lead for Stroke Medicine Dr Debbie Lowe explains what is atrial fibrillation (AF); how it can lead to severe strokes; read more

An interview with Dr Andrew Hill on the importance of stroke prevention

An interview with Dr Andrew Hill on the importance of stroke prevention

Dr Andrew Hill highlights the importance of detecting and managing atrial fibrillation (AF) to prevent strokes in the region.  read more

Stroke Association

Stroke Association support people to rebuild their lives after stroke. Providing specialist support, fund critical research and ... read more

BHF Link – checking your pulse

How to check your pulse. You may be able to tell if you have a regular or irregular heart beat by checking your pulse. This is ... read more

North West Coast AHSN – Identification of AF Link

North West Coast AHSN. Innovative approaches to increase the identification of AF in the community and primary care. Including MyDiagnostick. read more

HIN AF Detection Device Review Link

Health Innovation Network’s AF Detection Devices Review – This report aims to capture current practice, summarise the ... read more

QIPP Case Study – Microlife Link

QiPP Case study, use of Microlife Watch BP Home A. NHS Erewash CCG Board identified the reduction of health inequalities with a ... read more

HIN AF Detection Device Review – Purchasing Issues Link

Issues to consider when purchasing devices for AF detection. read more

Wandsworth CCG Pulse Check Link

Wandsworth CCG undertook pulse checks in Flu clinics. read more

Know Your Pulse PDF Link

Know Your Pulse PDF Handout – Arrhythmia Alliance read more

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG Link

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG Locally Commissioned Service Specification for AF Check in Influenza Vaccination Programme. read more

Dorset CCG Screening Link

Opportunistic screening for Atrial Fibrillation for over 65 year olds during flu clinics and anticoagulation for the ... read more

AHSN North East and Cumbria Podiatry Link

The Academic Health Science Network for North East and Cumbria, Podiatry and AF case finding. Patients with diabetes undergo an annual ... read more

Bromley CCG Pulse Check Link

Bromley CCG has embedded pulse checks within all of their commissioned services. read more

Arrhythmia Alliance Link – Know Your Pulse

The AA Know Your Pulse (KYP) campaign promotes the need for people to be aware of their pulse and for the need to include routine ... read more

QOF Data Link

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a voluntary annual reward and incentive programme for all GP surgeries in England, ... read more

Southwark CCG Link

Southwark CCG raising awareness with the Know your Pulse at work campaign. read more

Arrhythmia Alliance – Rhythm Week Link

Every June, the Arrythmia Alliance organises Heart Rhythm Week, and the AF Association's International AF Awareness Week occurs every ... read more

Arrhythmia Alliance Link

A-A is a coalition of charities, patient groups, patients, carers, medical groups and allied professionals to promote timely and ... read more

AFA Healthcare Pioneers Report – Showcasing Best Practice In AF 2018

The AF Association – Healthcare Pioneers Report 2018 includes 38 articles describing ways of finding patients with undiagnosed AF ... read more

AFA Healthcare Pioneers – Showcasing Best Practice In AF 2017

The case studies in this report are excellent examples of innovative, efficient and effective AF services. Commissioners across the NHS read more

AFA EU Healthcare Pioneers – Defining Best Practice In AF 2016

The 2016 EU Healthcare Pioneers Report captures the best practice principles and case studies to show ways to improve detection ... read more

AFA Healthcare Pioneers Report – Showcasing Best Practice In AF 2015

This report, which has been developed by the AF Association and endorsed by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Atrial Fibrillation ... read more

AFA Healthcare Pioneers Report – Showcasing Best Practice In AF 2019

The AF Association – Healthcare Pioneers Report 2019 includes 15 case studies describing best practice to establish or grow existing ... read more

Using mobile ECG devices to increase detection of AF

This paper outlines the experience and learning from one AHSN, aiming to review the feasibility of using mobile ECG devices in a range ... read more

Mobile ECG Evaluation Report

The rollout of mobile ECG devices by the Academic Health Science Network programme was established to test if an intervention in the ... read more

Global Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Week – Match Day Programme

As part of global awareness week, the Health Innovation Network published this article in the Millwall match day programme to raise ... read more

Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation Leaflet

This leaflet aims to improve the detection of AF and optimise use of anticoagulants through the implementation of a package of tools ... read more

Opportunistic testing for Atrial Fibrillation using Alivecor in an Urgent Care Centre

It is well-known that early identification of atrial fibrillation (AF) has the ability to reduce AF-related strokes that are associated read more

Improving the detection and management of AF in the North West Coast

The Innovation Agency (Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast) has been one of a number of organisations to deliver ... read more

NENC Scratchcard Case Study

NENC developed a scratch card for use by people coming into community pharmacies which would stimulate people to ask the community ... read more

Opportunistic pulse checks in primary care to improve recognition of atrial fibrillation

This case study evaluates the impact of a systematic programme to promote pulse regularity checks in general practice on their uptake ... read more

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Webinar Questions

A set of questions and answers from the 24th September Webinar delivered by Dr Yassir Javaid. read more

North East and North Cumbria AHSN – Implementation of a Small Hand-Held Pulse- Checking Device

In the North East and North Cumbria region, 86,626 people are estimated to be living with AF, with approximately 16,209 of those ... read more

Intervention to improve pulse regularity check over age 65 years

A list of how to improve pulse checks for patients age 65 years and over. Including educational sessions, on screen alerts and ... read more

Innovation Agency Case Study – Atrial Fibrillation Collaborative

The Innovation Agency created a North West Coast Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Collaborative to enable GPs to better identify patients with ... read more

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for ECG Machine

An ECG is a simple and useful test which records and traces the rhythm and electrical activity of the heart. The aim of the ECG ... read more

Pulse checks for Atrial Fibrillation detection during diabetes foot checks

This case study discusses whether training podiatrists to provide opportunistic screening for atrial fibrillation (AF) during read more

Innovation Agency Case Study – Recruiting Firefighters to prevent strokes

A partnership with firefighters and clinical commissioners in Cheshire led to 201 people in 18 months being identified with ... read more

Diabetes Podiatry & Atrial Fibrillation Brochure

A three-month pilot foot pulse-checking project aimed at increasing the diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation (AF) identified a number ... read more

AF Champions

  The management of atrial fibrillation (AF) has become more complex over the last decade which, coupled with the increasing ... read more

Innovation Agency Case Study – AF Ambassadors

This case study details the Atrial Fibrillation Ambassadors programme. The AF Ambassador role has been created by the Innovation ... read more

Kardia in ED Paper

Multi-centre randomised controlled trial of a smartphone-based event recorder alongside standard care versus standard care for patients read more

YHAHSN – Working together to help reduce stroke risk

This document discusses the effect AF and strokes have on patients and how the number of AF-related strokes can be avoided through ... read more

Oxleas RCPsych Conference Mobile ECG Poster

This information poster discusses the use of single-lead ECGs. It evaluates the quality, the accuracy and compares the QTc of ... read more

Mobile ECG Devices Project Report (HIN)

This report covers the importance of detecting and treating Atrial Fibrillation with Mobile ECG devices. It aims to ... read more

AF detection in GSTT podiatry paper for podiatry now

This case study covers the importance of early detection and treatment of cardiovascular risk factors to help patients live longer. read more

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