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DETECT: A national initiative to find individuals undiagnosed with AF who are at risk of NVAF-related stroke1
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  • Early detection allows initiation of anticoagulation therapy to prevent strokes in clinically indicated patients2
  • The ambition for PHE is to detect 85% of expected individuals with AF by 20293
  • Opportunistically pulse checking at-risk individuals  (e.g. >65 years old) to detect an irregular pulse is an appropriate approach4,5
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  1. NHS London Clinical Networks. AF Toolkit: Detect, Protect and Perfect. 2017  Available at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/london/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2019/07/detect-protect-perfect-london-af-toolkit-062017.pdf;
  2. AHSN Network. Available at: http://www.ahsnnetwork.com/about-academic-health-science-networks/national-programmes-priorities/atrial-fibrillation/;
  3. PHE. Health matters: preventing cardiovascular disease. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-matters-preventing-cardiovascular-disease/health-matters-preventing-cardiovascular-disease;
  4. Taggar JS, et al. Eur J Prev Cardiol 2016;23:1330–1338;
  5. NICE. Atrial fibrillation: management (2021) NICE guidance NG196. Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng196;
  6. STP Level Size of the Prize infographic and NHS Health Check factsheet: England Size of the Prize. Available at: https://www.healthcheck.nhs.uk/commissioners_and_providers/data/size_of_the_prize_and_nhs_health_check_factsheet/;
  7. SSNAP. Annual results portfolio for April 2019–March 2020 admissions and discharges: Casemix. Available at: https://www.strokeaudit.org/Documents/National/Clinical/Apr2019Mar2020/Apr2019Mar2020-AnnualResultsPortfolio.aspx. All websites accessed May 2022.
There are many opportunities in primary care to pulse check for AF in an enriched population
  1. NHS RightCare High Value Intervention. Available at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/rightcare/products/pathways/cvd-pathway/af/. Accessed July 2021;
  2. Savickas V, et al. PLoS Med 2020;17:e1003197;
  3. Health Innovations Network. Pulse rhythm checks for atrial fibrillation in flu vaccination clinics. Available at: http://www.healthinnovationnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AF-checks-in-flu-clinics-Project-Report-v1.0-Final-Comms-Edit.pdf. Accessed July 2021.
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