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AF detection and stroke prevention

AF detection and stroke prevention



Time to Complete

1.0 hours


March 28, 2017


May 12, 2017

Programme Description

This module, recorded at the RCGP Annual Conference in 2016, is about reducing AF-related strokes in your practice.
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the commonest sustained arrhythmia in the UK affecting one million patients. It is associated with increased mortality, morbidity and increased healthcare costs largely as a result of a five-fold increase in cardioembolic stroke. Prompt recognition of this condition coupled with accurate diagnosis utilising ECG acquisition is critical in ensuring patients can be risk-stratified and anticoagulated appropriately. However, up to a third of these patients are undiagnosed and hence are at a potentially greater risk of stroke.

Nationally, stroke prevention related to AF is a high-priority area with novel and inspirational initiatives to radically and swiftly improve outcomes. Improved detection and robust ECG diagnosis of AF are essential foundations that any given stroke prevention strategy has to be built on.

This module is based on Ealing CCG’s vision to improve stroke outcomes. As part of their strategy they commissioned:

  • ECG training for primary care with ongoing and unrestricted support from a local secondary care champion
  • A community-based cardiology service to embed specialist care within the GP surgeries of Ealing
  • A proven educational programme that had previously resulted in reductions in AF-related strokes in the West Midlands

  • This module complements a further module entitled 'ECG interpretation and getting it right'




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    Educational Objectives

  • To understand the current and future burden of AF to healthcare
  • To revise understanding of the pathophysiology of AF
  • To recognise the significant stroke risk in AF
  • To understand the effective management of AF in primary care
  • To gain confidence in referring the right patients to secondary care
  • Faculty

    Activity and test authors
    Dr Ravi Assomull
    Consultant Cardiologist
    Cardiology Lead Ealing CCG

    Dr Yassir Javaid
    Primary Care Cardiovascular Lead
    East Midlands Strategic Clinical Network


    Lessons from the Ealing GP Federation
    Funding for this educational programme has been provided by Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim and Daiichi Sankyo. None of the companies have had any influence or input into its content.


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    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs. This activity is offered at no cost.


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