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Media Centre

Welcome to the Media Centre for the AF Association. Here you will find all our latest news releases and information for the press.

Press Contact:
Trudie Lobban MBE FRCP (Edin)
Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm: +44 (0)1789 867 532
Out of hours: +44 (0)1789 867 502

News Releases:

September 2014

24 September 2014

Heart charity welcomes NICE guidance to help improve lives

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June 2014

18 June 2014

Heart charity welcomes guideline to improve outcomes for one million people

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May 2014

29 May 2014

North East London pharmacies support Heart Rhythm Week 2014

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April 2014

2 April 2014

New report highlights poor uptake of lifesaving AF treatments

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March 2014

14 March 2014

Battle for appropriate treatment inspires Laugharne man to raise funds for heart charity

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January 2014

15 January 2014

STATEMENT: Response to updated NICE guidelines on the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation

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November 2013

25 November 2013

1 in 3 Brits unaware of stroke risk

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October 2013

29 October 2013

Marking World Heart Day, Chris shares his near death experience after suffering an AF related stroke

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16 October 2013

New revalidation tool to tackle myth of stroke prevention in AF

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September 2013

29 September 2013

Know your heart rhythm this World Heart Day

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3 September 2013

Joining forces to tackle global stroke risk

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June 2013

12 June 2013

NHS could save £58.7m with effective stroke prevention

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5 June 2013

Simple pulse checks can prevent thousands of strokes

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3 June 2013

First one-stop resource for most common heart rhythm disorder in the UK

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May 2013

17 May 2013

Over 50's cycle the English Channel for AF

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April 2013

19 March 2013

Thousands of AF patients in the UK are receiving inadequate stroke treatment, despite many effective alternatives.

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March 2013

22 March 2013

AF Association welcomes research that yoga and acupressure can help some people with the most common heart rhythm disorder in the UK; atrial fibrillation (AF).

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November 2012

7th November 2012

STOP thinking aspirin and START thinking oral anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation (AF). This simple message is the focus of the STOP & START awareness campaign to ensure AF-related stroke risk is effectively managed.

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October 2012

29th October 2012

Marking World Stroke Day, a new report by Action for Stroke Prevention has confirmed the UK is on the brink of a stroke crisis.

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24th October 2012

A report initiated by the AF Association has revealed thousands of atrial fibrillation (AF)-related strokes could be avoided in the UK every year if a free NHS tool is used by doctors.

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16th October 2012

Greater choice for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) will drastically reduce NHS costs and improve the patients' quality of life. This is the key message of a national campaign spearheaded by an alliance of leading charities and patient groups.

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3rd October 2012

The National Heart Association of Malaysia (NHAM) successfully brought the awareness on stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation to the attention of Malaysian leaders.

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September 2012

28th September 2012

To mark World Heart Day tomorrow (29.09.12), the awareness initiative "1 Mission 1 Million - Getting to the Heart of Stroke" is calling on millions of people to join together and raise awareness of the irregular heart rhythm, atrial fibrillation by signing a global petition.

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April 2012

19th April 2012

CEO and Founder of the Atrial Fibrillation Association, Trudie Lobban, will today launch the latest phase of the 1 Million 1 Mission campaign – Getting to the Heart of Stroke.

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18th April 2012

AFA launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the worldwide impact of undiagnosed AF and AF-related stroke. The Global AF Charter and associated petition Sign Against Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation, call for members of the public and medical professionals to pledge support for the campaign.

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10th April 2012

Craig Smith from Newcastle will be running a challenging 52 miles over the course of two marathons, in a bid to raise money for the Atrial Fibrillation Association (AFA).

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March 2012

30th March 2012

Only weeks after the approval of Dabigatran comes another decision by NICE, as Rivaroxaban is also given the green light. This is a unique time for the management and care of AF, as two new oral anti-coagulants have become available, after a 50 year gap since the development of warfarin.

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15th March 2012

The approval of Dabigatran by NICE has been applauded by the AFA. It marks the first time in 50 years that a new oral-anticoagulant has been approved, and it offers new possibilities for better patient care.

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February 2012

16th February 2012

A man from Yorkshire has organised a tough 60 mile bike ride to raise money for the AFA.

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15th February 2012

The Heart Rhythm Charity welcomes the decision of the Scottish Medicines Consortium to approve a new anticoagulant, Rivaroxaban, for Scotland.

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January 2012

25th January 2012

A parliamentary event was hosted by Glyn Davies MP (Con, Montgomeryshire), chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AF to highlight the importance of providing quality standards for patients.

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June 2011

AFA backs campaign calling for more of the 1.2 million warfarin users
to have access to self-monitoring - TV personality Kate Garraway launches The Personal Touch campaign

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New Parliamentary Group to Champion Awareness of Atrial Fibrillation

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May 2011

AFA Backs Call for Action on Atrial Fibrillation

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February 2011

Nottingham Woman Skates ICE Marathon to Raise Funds for AFA

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January 2011

Third of Atrial Fibrillation patients dissatisfied with treatment

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November 2010

Poor treatment of abnormal heart rhythm puts patients’ lives at risk -  AFA backs campaign call for urgent action to improve patients’ health and reduce costs to national health systems

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The Atrial Fibrillation Association has received a grant of £2000 from the world's leading transport operator, First Group, to help fund its vital work for patients with Atrial Fibrillation.

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South West Regional Health Summit on Atrial Fibrillation
Translating national health policy into local implementation priorities

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October 2010

AFA to hold workshop in Parliament to help develop Patient Charter for Atrial Fibrillation October 2010

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New report shows better management of AF in Wales could save NHSWales millions of pounds every year

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September 2010

News Release: AFA Welcomes New Guidelines from ESC for AF

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News Release: Atrial Fibrillation Association helps launch 1 Mission 1 Million Initiative

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August 2010

News Release: Atrial Fibrillation Association welcomes Final NICE Guidance for Dronedarone

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June 2010

News Release: June 2010 Failure to treat atrial fibrillation (AF) costs the NHS millions of pounds every year.

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News Release: June 2010 New report shows better management of AF could save NHS millions of pounds every year

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March 2010

News Release: AFA welcomes the decision by NICE to recommend approval of dronedarone as a second line treatment option for Atrial Fibrillation patients, reversing its previous draft guidance published in December 2009.

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January 2010

News Release: Patients and MPs Call on NICE to review  their decision to Fund Vital Heart Rhythm Drug

A heart charity is calling on MPs and patients to protest against a decision to refuse funding for a new drug that could improve the lives of thousands of people with Atrial Fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder.

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December 2009

News Release: Heart Charity Backs Report Into Atrial Fibrillation Crisis

The UK’s charity that helps people with Atrial Fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder, has endorsed a new report highlighting a crisis in preventable strokes. The Atrial Fibrillation Association welcomes the report , “How Can We Avoid a Stroke Crisis?” that was launched this week in the European Parliament by Action for Stroke Prevention, a group of health experts from across Europe.The report calls for urgent coordinated action to avoid an epidemic of preventable strokes that leave many atrial fibrillation (AF) patients mentally and physically disabled or dead, every year.

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