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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.

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Dental Care for Patients Taking Anticoagulant or Antiplatelet Drugs

CLICK ON WORDS ABOVE AND HELP US BY COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE Help develop national clinical guidance for the management of patients needing dental treatment and who are taking anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs. What is the aim of this questionnaire? The aim of this questionnaire is to explore patients’: • Views of their experiences of dental treatment in primary care when taking anticoagulant drugs. • Concerns they may have that might be addressed by the new guidance.

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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.

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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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Commissioning effective anticoagulation services for the future: A resource pack for commissioners

A Resource pack for commissioners of anticoagulation services in the UK Read or download the resource pack from the publications section of the site.

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Sorting the facts from the myths about the new oral anticoagulants

Read some of the reasons that patients are being given when they are denied access to the new oral anticoagulants

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AIP Conference 2014

This year’s ‘Anticoagulation in Practice’ conference had a fantastic line up of speakers. The theme for the conference was to highlight the important developments in the world of anticoagulation therapy and focused on Atrial Fibrillation in the light of updated NICE guidelines and new anticoagulant therapies and also on the management of venous thromboembolism.

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Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke prevention

What is the link 
between AF and Stroke Most strokes happen because of a blockage in an artery leading to the brain, called an ischaemic stroke. This interactive infographic allows users to understand AF and stroke prevention at a national and local level. www.afinfographic.co.uk

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New revalidation tool for GPs to attain QOF points and tackle myths of stroke prevention in AF www.af-revalidation.org

A new e-learning tool to help GPs complete critical steps for revalidation is launched today at the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) Best Practice meeting. Not only does the tool guide revalidation preparation, it also contributes to CPD and facilitates the achievement of QOF points for AF care. Ultimately, helping ensure the best care for AF patients at risk of stroke. Registration and use of the tool is free.

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Patients with a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation (AF) have a five times greater risk of suffering a stroke.

Watch this new video to see Eve Knight from AntiCoagulation Europe; Professor John Camm from St. George's Hospital, UK and Trudie Lobban from Atrial Fibrillation Association discuss the importance of preventing AF-related strokes.

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