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AF Aware Week

Arrhythmia Alliance Australia joined affiliate organisations across the world to celebrate AF Awareness Week 2014 from the 24-30 November.

AF is the most common heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia) in the world: it affects approximately 460,000 people in Australia. It occurs when chaotic electrical activity develops in the upper chambers or atria, and completely takes over from the sinus node. AF can affect adults of any age, but it is more common as people get older

AF Aware Week’s aims were simple:

Detect – Raising awareness of pulse checks/ECG screening for detection of AF.

Protect – Educating people on the importance of anticoagulation for protection from AF-related stroke and therapies to reduce or stop debilitating symptoms

Photos

Leapfrogs Cafe

Three individuals were detected with AF at the Leapfrogs Cafe, WA, during a pulse check session which coincided with a local cycling event on Saturday 13 December.

Pulse checks in Canberra Parliament House

     
     
     

 

Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia

 

 

Debarl Yerrigan Health Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monash Heart

 

 

Free resources for download and print (click to download) 

 

Detect/Protect poster

Your Heart in Your Hands Checklist Know Your Pulse poster Know Your Pulse guide

 

Key messages for AF Aware Week 2014

1) 1 in 4 people will develop AF, the most common heart rhythm disorder
2) Every 15 seconds someone suffers an AF-related stroke. AF is the most powerful single risk factor for suffering a deadly or debilitating stroke
3) AF can be detected cheaply and easily with a simple manual pulse check
4) Treatment with an anticoagulant is vital to reduce the risk of AF-related stroke
5) For AF Aware Week, make the detection and protection of AF a priority

AF Aware Week 2013

AF Aware Week took place from 24-30 November 2013. The event marked the first international week dedicated to raising awareness and promoting better understanding of AF.


The aims of AF Aware Week were simple:


Detect – Raising awareness of pulse checks/ECG screening for detection of AF.
Protect – Educating people on the importance of anticoagulation for protection from AF-related stroke and therapies to reduce or stop debilitating symptoms.
 

Activities in Australia during the course of the week

  • Resources shared with hospitals, GPs and pharmacies across the country
  • Endorsement by HeartKids, CSANZ and Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute
  • Pulse check event at Hollywood Hospital, WA. Tracy Swanson, Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist and her team held a know your pulse clinic at the start of AF Aware Week. A total of 41 individuals were assessed and eight people were signposted for further tests after an irregular rhythm was detected
  • Display and awareness stand at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. Posters displayed in the coronary care unit in the Cardiology ward
  • Call to get people talking on social media, encouraging Facebook page followers to include mention of whether their pulse was "regular" or "irregular" in their status updates
  • AF Aware Week featured on international Macedonian radio


There are still ways to get involved

How AF Aware are you? Take the AF Challenge today to test your knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of AF. 


Know Your Pulse information sheet
AF patient information sheet
Your Heart in Your Hands Checklist


Get in touch for more help and information

info@heartrhythmalliance.org

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