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Topic: atrial fibrillation - Primary Care

Monday, 12 September 2016
A new case study shows the significant reduction in atrial fibrillation-related stroke incidence achieved using the GRASP-AF audit tool. The case study, from West Hampshire CCG, highlights improvements in key measures including a 4% reduction in the number of patients treated inappropriately, a 5% increase in the use of oral anticoagulation therapy and a 10% reduction in AF-related strokes.
Category: Case Study
Friday, 30 June 2017
The leading UK cardiovascular conference for the whole primary care team. Expert presenters and a down-to-earth approach help health professionals translate the latest evidence into daily practice and optimise patient care. Participants also receive 9 hours CPD credits. Book now to attend this inspirational event and take advantage of our Early Bird discount.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 06 February 2017
‘Issues & Answers in Cardiovascular Disease’ is the leading UK cardiovascular conferences for the whole primary care team. Expert presenters and a down-to-earth approach help health professionals translate the latest evidence into daily practice and optimise patient care. Participants also receive 6 hours CPD credits. Read the highlights from the 2016 conference and access presentation slides here.
Category: Editorial
Thursday, 21 March 2019
Many patients with atrial fibrillation are treated with direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) to reduce the risk of stroke. To maintain patient safety, clinicians must be educated on how to manage DOACs, from safe prescribing to managing complications. A recent audit shows the potential for inadequate monitoring when compared to local clinical protocols.
Category: Editorial
Friday, 19 May 2017
A useful new resource on stroke for healthcare professionals and the general public has been published on the Health Awareness website. Articles include a feature from National Clinical Director of Stroke Professor Anthony Rudd (St Thomas’ Hospital, London) on the importance of quick access to specialist care and treatment.
Category: Have You Heard
Friday, 15 September 2017
Arrhythmia Alliance is calling on NHS England to reconsider its ‘Commissioning through Evaluation’ (CtE) process, which has left hundreds of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) at serious risk of suffering a debilitating or life-threatening AF-related stroke. The evaluation process has meant patients being denied access to potentially life-saving treatment with no guarantee when the process will be completed to allow access.
Category: Have You Heard
Thursday, 02 February 2017
A practical down-to-earth manual on the whole range of long-term conditions has been written for UK general practice nurses by experts in their field. The book provides a quick way for new practice nurses to learn the basics about long-term conditions and will also be useful to the wider primary healthcare team.
Category: Have You Heard
Wednesday, 07 June 2017
A new survey from the Atrial Fibrillation society shows a high level of demand for self-monitoring in people being treated with warfarin. In the survey, 79% of respondents said that they would prefer to self-monitor over clinic visits. New self- monitoring products are being launched.
Category: Have You Heard
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF), together with the condition’s associated stroke and systemic thromboembolic risk, is increasing significantly. Fortunately, there are clear, evidence-based clinical guidelines and risk stratification tools, to ensure that patients can make informed choices about optimising their treatment and care.
Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Stroke related to atrial fibrillation can be prevented effectively through the use of anticoagulants. This article reviews recent guidelines, clinical trials and real-world evidence with non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in patients with AF and provides practical guidance on the use of these newer agents in primary care.
Category: Editorial
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