Study in Birmingham could lead to better detection of people with irregular heart rhythm

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Date of publication: January 2019

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Research that we part-fund at the University of Birmingham could better identify people living with an undiagnosed abnormal heart rhythm. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common forms of abnormal heart rhythm. It has been diagnosed in 1.3 million people in the UK, but it is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of people living with undiagnosed AF in the country. It is also a major cause of stroke, as it can increase the risk of a blood clot forming inside the heart, which can then travel in the bloodstream to the brain.

An electrocardiogram (ECG) – a test that measures the electrical activity in the heart – is usually used to screen people for AF, but this is resource-intensive and can be burdensome for some patients.

Now, researchers believe some patients could be tested for AF through simple blood tests.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement:   British Heart Foundation

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