Local MP urges constituents to "know your pulse"

October 13, 2010 12:00 PM

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake recently lent his support to the campaign to help raise awareness about Atrial Fibrillation (AF), the most common heart rhythm disorder in the UK.

After a briefing from the Atrial Fibrillation Association Tom said, "It is important that this condition is understood by medical professionals and patients so that they can be identified at an early stage and treated accordingly."

The Atrial Fibrillation Association (AFA), aims to raise awareness of this debilitating condition and reach out to the public, parliamentarians and clinical experts. "We are delighted that Tom Brake MP is supporting our campaign to raise awareness of Atrial Fibrillation, both in Westminster and in the wider context. This is a little-known condition, yet estimates suggest that AF exerts a considerable economic toll on the NHS" says Trudie Lobban MBE, CEO and founder of the AFA.

"It is astonishing to think that an estimated 641 people in Carshalton and Wallington have atrial fibrillation, and the possibility that many more have it but as yet have not been diagnosed" says Tom. "Information and prevention are the best tools against this crippling condition."

To find out more information about the AFA, diagnostic information, or upcoming AFA events, visit www.atrialfibrillation.org.uk

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