Palpitations, shortness of breath, feeling light-headed and peeing more than normal. These are just some of the consequences of atrial fibrillation (AF), a heart condition thought to affect 1.4 million people in England, nearly half a million of whom are undiagnosed. Might you be one of them?
This latest estimate of the prevalence of AF comes from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), which has just released new guidance on diagnosing and managing the condition. That 425,000 people have AF but don’t yet know it matters because, left untreated, as well as causing symptoms that impact on quality of life, it can lead to an early stroke. Indeed, all too often the first a person knows about their AF is when it