An ageing population and our western lifestyle are ensuring that the prevalence of a common medical condition, atrial fibrillation (AF), is increasing at such a rate that it is predicted to be the next cardiac epidemic.
Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a common medical condition that arises from a problem within the electrical system of the heart. Although it is widespread - 30 million sufferers worlwide - one of its peculiarities is that many sufferers are not aware they have it and it is discovered after a collapse or as an 'incidental finding', for example, when a patient's pulse is being monitored in association with surgery or other medical procedure.
Atrial Fibrillation, commonly known as AF, kills three times as many people as car accidents each year in the western world.
Although the world's focus is on COVID-19, people who suffer a heart condition should continue to treat and manage their circumstances as a priority.
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