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Professor Martin Cowie has become a Trustee of Atrial Fibrillation Association (AF Association). Professor Cowie offers a wealth of knowledge and experience to the AFA. He is the Professor of Cardiology (Health Services Research) and is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. His major clinical and research interests are in health technology assessment and the delivery of efficient and effective care for patients with heart failure, with a particular focus on new technologies: diagnostics, drugs or devices.

Professor Cowie lectures widely in the UK and internationally on cardiovascular disease, and organises many multi-professional educational events. He advises industry at all stages in the lifecycle of innovative products that can help improve the life-expectancy and quality of life of people with heart failure.

The AF Association is a UK registered charity which focuses on raising awareness of atrial fibrillation (AF) by providing information and support materials for patients and medical professionals involved in detecting, diagnosing and managing atrial fibrillation. AF Association works closely with medical professionals, Department of Health, government, NHS Trusts, strategic health authorities, patients, carers, patient support group members and allied groups.

Professor Cowie stated, “I have worked with the AF Association on many projects in the past decade to ensure that people with atrial fibrillation are diagnosed, properly advised regarding treatment options, and helped to live full lives. I have been particularly impressed by how well the team has raised the profile of this often-silent problem and helped ensure the NHS gets to grip with the issues. Thousands of AF-related strokes have been prevented, and countless people helped. But much remains to be done – and so it was an enormous pleasure to be asked to become a Trustee. I will work hard to ensure the AF Association and its hard working and enthusiastic staff and volunteers have the resources and support to deliver its charitable objectives”.

The Atrial Fibrillation Association (AF Association) is delighted to have Professor Cowie on board and looks forward to working together to enhance the lives of patients affected by atrial fibrillation.


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AF Association provides support, information, education and awareness on atrial fibrillation. It works in partnership with patients and clinical experts to advance the education of both the medical profession and the general public on the risks, detection and treatment of AF.

  • Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia)
  • It can affect adults of any age, but it is more common as people get older
  • Atrial fibrillation occurs when chaotic electrical activity develops in the upper chambers of the heart or atria, and completely takes over from the sinus node. As a result, the atria no longer beats in an organised way, and pump less efficiently. The AV node will stop some of these very rapid impulses from travelling to the ventricles, but the ventricles will still beat irregularly and possibly rapidly.
  • A clot may form in the heart which can travel to the brain causing an AF-related stroke.
  • 1 in 4 people have AF
  • 1 in 2 people will have AF by 2050


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