AF Association supports Medical ID for AF Aware Week

Atrial Fibrillation a Common Heart Disorder

A volunteer carrying out the simple pulse check for AF

A volunteer carrying out the simple pulse check for AF

AF or ‘atrial fibrillation’ is the most common heart rhythm disorder, which occurs when chaotic electrical activity results in the heart pumping too fast, too slow or irregularly. It affects over one million people in the UK alone, and if left undiagnosed and untreated it can lead to serious complications including stroke, heart failure and even death.

Every 15 seconds someone suffers an AF-related stroke – AF is the single biggest risk factor for suffering a deadly or debilitating stroke. For individuals with the condition, the risk of suffering a stroke is increased by nearly 500%.

However, many of these devastating strokes can be prevented, as AF can be detected cheaply and easily with a manual pulse check.

AF Aware Week to raise awareness

AF Association supports individuals affected by, or involved in the care of AF.  The charity supports members through various means, including a dedicated support line and comprehensive resources written by experts in the field and endorsed by the Department of Health.

AFA volunteers campaigning

AFA volunteers campaigning

Our annual ‘AF Aware Week’ from 23-29 November, aims to raise awareness of atrial fibrillation.  This year we will be highlighting the importance of early detection via a simple pulse check, how to protect against AF-related stroke through the use of appropriate anticoagulation, and ultimately correcting the heart rhythm.

The aims of AF Aware Week are simple – Detect, Protect, Correct:

Detect AF by a simple pulse check

Protect from AF-related stroke using anticoagulation (not aspirin)

Correct your irregular heart rhythm – discuss treatment options with your doctor

Medical ID Jewellery as a Safety Net

Protect yourself whilst out and about

In an emergency, medical alert ID jewellery could provide medical professionals with crucial knowledge on what the problem may be and how to treat you.

Personalise the jewellery with the ID Band Company to include conditions (such as AF), implanted devices (such as pacemakers) and any treatments you may be taking (such as antiarrhythmic and anticoagulant medication).

These AF sufferers are all extremely pleased with their ID Band products.

“I have worn a black rubber ID bracelet on my wrist for the last 2 years as I am a cyclist on warfarin and I am concerned that if I have a crash, and cannot communicate, at least the medics will know.”

“I would want someone to know I am anticoagulated if I could not speak for myself.”

“You never know what’s ‘round the corner’! I think that it gives medics a fighting chance should you be out for the count for any reason.”


The information in our blog articles is for personal use only and not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment plans. We are not medical health practitioners or mental health providers. If you’re worried about a potential medical condition, contact your GP or call an ambulance in an emergency situation.