NICE publishes Quality Standard for Atrial Fibrillation

This quality standard covers identification, treatment and management of atrial fibrillation (including paroxysmal, persistent and permanent atrial fibrillation, and atrial flutter) in adults (18 years and older). It includes a Quality Statement on Self-managment with coagulometers for people with AF and also a Quality Statement on not using aspirin as a sole therapy for stroke prevention in AF.

Access to the new anticoagulants: A joint statement from Anticoagulation Europe & Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charity

Access to the new anticoagulants: A joint statement from Anticoagulation Europe & Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charity Lifeblood and Anticoagulation Europe are both very concerned that the NICE recommendations that there should be equal access to VKAs (warfarin) and NOACs in the NICE approved indications are not being implemented. The NHS constitution states that patients should not be denied access to NICE approved drugs.

Ready for Change? An Audit of Local Commissioning

ACE’s new report shows there is a worrying trend that healthcare commissioners are not aware of how many people in their locality have one of the early warning signs of being at an increased risk of a stroke, atrial fibrillation (AF). With less than half of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) having assessed the prevalence of the condition in their area, and almost two thirds not having assessed the cost of their anticoagulation service.

A personal experience of why I self-monitor

Peter has been self-monitoring for some years and in this video explains why he made that decision and the benefits he obtains from self-monitoring

NICE issues guidance for self-monitoring for people with AF or replacement heart valves

24th Sept 2014 The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended self-monitoring of INR levels for people with atrial fibrillation and people with replacement heart valves - if the person prefers this form of testing and if the person or their carer is both physically and cognitively able to self-monitor effectively.

NICE revises its guidance on Atrial Fibrillation

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has revised its guidance on Atrial Fibrillation. It says that anticoagulation may be with Apixaban, Dabigatran Etixialte, Rivaroxaban or a Vitamin K Antagonist (warfarin). It also states that aspirin should no longer be used as a sole therapy for stroke prevention in AF.

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By the end of 2016, there will be more than 1,000 people diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. One of the side effects of cancer and its treatment can be blood clots. Blood clots pose a very significant risk to cancer patients. Up to 20% of cancer patients will experience a blood clot.

Many patients are not made aware of there risk of developing a blood clot when they have cancer.

Teresa’s video shares her experience of having cancer and deep vein thrombosis.


Are you taking warfarin? Are you thinking about self-monitoring your INR? Roy’s video shares his experience of the benefits of self-monitoring

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