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More Afib Awareness Needed
86 Percent of Survey Respondents Want Greater Awareness
By Pam Peters, Managing Editor
Did you know that 15 percent of strokes occur in people who have atrial fibrillation (Afib)? However, according to a study conducted by Harris Interactive® and National
Stroke Association, called The Afib Survey To Reveal Opinions,
Knowledge and Education gaps (STROKE), awareness of Afib and its
link to stroke is much needed. Survey findings show there is a clear lack of
understanding by people living with Afib about the link between Afib and
stroke.org, Afib is an irregular heartbeat that is inefficient at pumping blood
from the heart chambers. When blood is not completely pumped out of these
chambers, it can pool and clot. These clots can then travel from the heart to
the brain, where they can potentially lead to a stroke.
Even though it has
been shown that people with Afib are five times more likely to have a stroke
than those without Afib, approximately one-third of the people in the U.S. who
have Afib are still undiagnosed. With proper diagnosis, treatment is available
and can be successful in reducing strokes.
To more successfully
diagnose and treat Afib, more awareness is necessary. That is why the Facing
Afib campaign is helping bring awareness to Afib and its connection to stroke.
The website facingafib.com can help those living with Afib with several useful
online tools including:
- Doctor discussion guide
- Stroke risk
- Stroke risk
reduction treatment information
kit is available for people diagnosed with Afib at stroke.org/beatyourodds.
There are additional
places online that can help people living with Afib better understand their
condition and how it can lead to stroke:
Reveals Opinions, Education Gaps About Afib and Stroke
Common misunderstandings that many
people hold about Afib – and the communication gaps between patients and
healthcare professionals – can lead to confusion. The Afib Survey To Reveal
Opinions, Knowledge and Education gaps was conducted by Harris Interactive®
on behalf of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in collaboration with
National Stroke Association. The surveyors interviewed 507 people living with
Afib and 517 healthcare professionals. The survey illustrates that there are
ample opportunities for improvements in Afib education.
- 49 percent of those surveyed either did not discuss, or did not recall
discussing, the link between Afib and stroke with their healthcare professional
upon initial diagnosis.
- 67 percent of those surveyed reported that they would
like more information about Afib.
Only 33 percent of those surveyed said that stroke prevention is the most
important goal of Afib treatment. However, after reducing the physical
symptoms, prevention is the number-one goal of Afib treatment, according to
A mere 47-50 percent of people surveyed
knew that strokes associated with Afib are
twice as deadly and twice as disabling as
Impact on Patients
- 56 percent of those surveyed said that the condition has had a negative
- 55 percent of those surveyed admitted that Afib has impacted their
ability to participate in physical activities.
Pam Peters is Principal Writer and Founder of Words Abound.
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