In 2015 West Hampshire CCG (WHCCG) recognised that there was a significant burden of undiagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF), which was resulting in an excess of preventable strokes. This could be improved by the prescription of anticoagulation in those at increased risk.
This case study describes the diagnosis and management of AF in a 70-year old obese male who was referred for cardiac assessment after developing shortness of breath, which had worsened progressively over three months. It highlights the role of thromboembolic risk reduction which is the cornerstone of AF management and which can only be achieved with proper anticoagulation.
Heart valve disease is an often neglected chronic condition that is found incidentally through investigation of other conditions, such as echocardiography of a patient with suspected heart failure. However, with the ageing population the prevalence of valve disease is likely to explode over the coming decades.
Free of charge 2 day CPD approved GP programme chaired by Dr Matt Kearney. Includes preventing heart attacks and strokes at scale, atrial fibrillation, hypertension, heart failure and heart valve disease. Plus streams on diabetes, obesity, women’s health, dermatology, older people, end of life, 180 exhibitors and hands-on workshops.