A high-profile campaign called Know Your Pulse is launching in Corby on Monday, July 2, with an event to coincide with the Olympic Torch relay visiting the town.
The campaign will raise awareness about Atrial Fibrillation (AF) - a serious heart condition which, if left untreated, can cause a stroke.
AF or irregular heartbeat affects up to 1.9 per cent of the UK population.
It can affect adults of any age, but is more common as people get older - in the over 65s it’s about 10 per cent. For these patients, AF is a long term condition and requires treatment to manage symptoms, including dizziness, palpitations, tiredness and chest pain.
However, some patients may not have any symptoms, and have the condition without even knowing it.
As a known risk factor for stroke, it is estimated 14 per cent of all strokes are attributable to AF.
It is easy to treat with medication and if managed effectively, the risk of a patient with AF having a stroke can be reduced by at least half.
The East Midlands NHS Cardiovascular Network (EMCVN) has developed a programme which aims to raise awareness of the condition among healthcare professionals and patients across the East Midlands, and is working with Corby Clinical Commissioning Group in a pilot project to improve the appropriate detection, diagnosis, treatment and risk management of patients with AF in primary care and reduce the numbers of emergency admissions into hospitals. As part of this programme, two events have been organised where local people can have their pulse checked by a health professional and find out more about AF.
The events are from 10am to 2pm on Monday, July 2, at Corby East Midlands International Pool to coincide with the arrival of the Olympic Torch in the town and from 10am to 4pm on Thursday, July 5, at Asda in Corby.