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GPs hope to save hundreds in Trafford at risk from ‘ticking time bomb’ heart condition

A group of GP practices is driving a ‘detect and protect’ programme to save hundreds of Trafford patients living with a potentially dangerous heart condition which could lead to a stroke.

Figures show that 1 in every 45 people in Trafford is living with Atrial Fibrillation (AF) which causes an irregular or abnormally fast heart rate and is one of the major causes of a stroke.

Almost 400 people in Trafford are currently unaware they have this condition and are currently at risk of a stroke.

And with death from strokes in South Trafford 13% higher than the UK average, a group of five local GP practices is driving a ‘detect and protect’ programme checking the pulses of as many patients as possible in the area to protect them from the potentially life-threatening condition through early intervention.

Altrincham Healthcare Alliance Primary Care Network which includes Altrincham Medical Practice, Park Medical Practice in Timperley, St Johns Medical Centre in Altrincham, Shay Lane Medical Centre in Hale Barns and West Timperley Medical Centre, is working with Age UK Trafford, the Stroke Association, Thrive Trafford and Instep Footcare in Altrincham, to maximise the detection of those with AF.

Dr Kate Jennings