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Informed or advised by a Steering Committee of expert healthcare professionals and patient advocates, the AF Turnaround campaign supports change in the therapy options and management of AF and AF-related stroke in line with NICE CG180 guidelines.

The risk of AF-related stroke in AF patients:

  1. AF is associated with a five-fold increased risk of stroke compared to people who do not have AF1

  2. Ten AF patients in the UK will suffer a stroke in the next four hours2

  3. Approximately 25% of ischaemic stroke patients with AF die within 30 days3

NICE CG180 guidelines on AF recommends anticoagulation with an oral anticoagulant for AF-related stroke prevention. The guidelines also advise against aspirin on its own to prevent AF-related stroke.4

Implementing CG180 guidelines may result in approximately 10,000 fewer strokes per year in people with AF.5 AF Turnaround aims to support awareness and implementation of CG180 to ensure that these patients get the therapy that they deserve.

  1. Katritsis, G. and Katritsis, D. ‘Management of Complications in Anticoagulated Patients with Atrial Fibrillation’. Arrhythm Electrophysiol Rev. 2017:6(4);167-178

  2. Department of Health. Health Inequalities National Support Team: Developing a Systematic Approach to the Identification and Management of Atrial Fibrillation. Available at: Last accessed: May 2018

  3. Fang, M.C et al. ‘Long-term survival after ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation’. Neurology. 2014;82:1033-7

  4. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Atrial Fibrillation: management. Clinical Guideline (CG180). June 2014. Available at: Last accessed: May 2018

  5. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Putting NICE guidance into practice. Costing report: atrial fibrillation. Implementing the NICE guideline on atrial fibrillation (CG180). June 2014. Available at: Last accessed: May 2018