The AF Association has partnered with patient organisations from 20 countries to produce the Global Atrial Fibrillation Charter. It was launched at the World Heart Federation, World Congress of Cardiology Scientific Sessions in Dubai on 18th April 2012. The aim is to turn the world's attention to atrial fibrillation (AF) and AF-related stroke.
We hope to get 1.7million signatures on the Charter, which represents every person killed or disabled by AF-related stroke.
With 1.7 million signatures, the initiative aims to bring a worldwide, unified voice to improve the treatment and care of individuals living with AF, and those at risk of AF-related stroke.
The disorder has no boundariess and can affect anyone, at any age:
- GB Olympic rower, Tom James was taken by surprise when he was diagnosed with it.
- Former Prime Minister Tony Blair was treated for AF.
- Ex-England rugby player Bill Beaumont also suffers from the condition
AF is the most common heart rhythm disorder in the world.
If left untreated, AF can cause stroke due to the heart ineffectively pumping, leading to blood pooling and blood clots forming as a result.
Here is the Deputy CEO of the AF Association, Jo Jerrome, who has been instrumental in leading this global initiative:
The campaign is supported by UK Member of the European Parliament, Rebecca Taylor. These are her thoughts on Sign Against Stroke: