Working together to prevent strokes

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is proud to partner with West Yorkshire and Harrogate, Health and Care Partnership in the delivery of an Atrial Fibrillation (AF) programme aimed at reducing the number of strokes people have across the area.

AF causes a fast and erratic heartbeat which is a major factor of stroke.  The work is about detecting and treating people who are at risk of stroke so that around nine in 10 people with AF are managed by GPs with the best local treatments, saving lives and delivering efficiencies too.

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN is also working closely with RightCare and the British Heart pulse-trace-163708_1280Foundation  to ensure the support it gives is evidence based and delivers the best health care outcomes possible.

The work also highlights the importance of further improving awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke.

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate programme involves the 11 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the area. The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN will support 80 general practices to improve the care people receive across the area, saving a minimum of 190 strokes, over the next three years.

The intractable problem of irregular heart rhythm causes real problems. Every year, one in 20 people with AF will have a stroke. For every five people with AF that have a stroke, two will die, two will have to go into a care home and only one will return to their own home.

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN has previously worked with West Yorkshire and Harrogate through the Heathy Futures Collaborative. In 2015, the collaborative created a commissioning strategy to improve care for people known to have AF. Between 2014 and 2016, this successful strategy benefitted 8,094 patients and is calculated to have prevented around 200 strokes a year.