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Scottish Parliament

Know Your Pulse - Scottish Parliament - Wednesday 22nd February 2017

We invited Scottish MPs to attend our Know Your Pulse event at Scottish Parliament to sign a pledge to help improve diagnosis, treatment and support for patients with Atrial Fibrillation (AF), the most common heart rhythm disorder.

AF is associated with devastating consequences such as heart failure, AF-related stroke, poor mental health, and premature death. It affects nearly 2% of the UK population, and it is estimated that up to half of Britain’s AF patients remain undiagnosed, though a simple pulse check could detect the condition. As AF is more common in older patients, the number of people with AF is expected to double by 2050 as Britain’s population ages.

This event helped to raise awareness of these issues and all Parliamentarians whoattended were able to have a free pulse check and a free ECG hand-held recording. 

Thank you to all those who attended this event and pledged their support for tackling the burden of AF.


Alexander Burnett MSP


Annabelle Ewing MSP


Brian Whittle MSP


Colin Beattie MSP


Colin Smyth MSP


Jeremy Balfour MSP


Joe Fitzpatrick MSP


John Mason MSP


Margaret Mitchell MSP


Maureen Watt MSP


Rhoda Grant MSP


Stewart Stevenson MSP


Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is an abnormal heart rhythm and a major cause of stroke. Many are unaware they have this rhythm and those with certain conditions are at higher risk. Although GPs are funded to establish and maintain a register of those with the condition, it is not always easy to identify these patients in primary care. Identification of those with the condition is a Heart Improvement Plan Priority (Scottish Government 2014).
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Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN):

The SIGN Patient News Update, for Winter 2015, is now available. Click here 

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