Atrial Fibrillation a National Discussion

Press/Media: Other

Period8 Feb 2018

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleAtrial Fibrillation: Maintaining momentum
    Degree of recognitionRegional
    Media name/outletHolyrood
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Atrial fibrillation (AF), one of the most common types of irregular heart rhythm and a condition which is estimated to affect over 100,000 people in Scotland, is a major cause of Scotland’s third biggest killer: stroke.

    In fact, AF increases your likelihood of having a stroke by five times.

    People over 40 have at least a one in four risk of developing AF, and in Scotland the rates are likely to increase due to an ageing population.

    In 2016, 96,346 had been diagnosed with the condition but it is estimated that a further 50,000 live with it undiagnosed.

    An inquiry was launched by the Cross-Party Group on Heart Disease and Stroke in the Scottish Parliament. This culminated in a report, ‘A Focus on Atrial Fibrillation in Scotland’, which was published last week and lays out 10 recommendations for the Scottish Government.
    Producer/AuthorTom Freeman
    PersonsAnna-Maria Choy