Welcome to care AF
care AF is a patient support programme for people who have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF) to ensure you are informed about your condition and give you all the information you need to be fully prepared for your AF treatment journey.
To get started, see the sections below and if you get lost at any point, click the care AF logo in the top left corner to return to the home page.
If you have not been diagnosed with the condition but you might have AF, please visit the AF Association website for further information on symptoms and diagnosis: www.afa.org.uk.
If you are a healthcare professional (HCP) please click on the button marked HCP at the top of the website for further information on care AF, and how it will benefit you and your patients.
What is AF?
AF is a heart condition – more specifically a type of irregular heartbeat. It means your heart is not working as well as it should be and, if left unmanaged, may make you more likely to have a AF-related stroke. Here you can find out more information about symptoms, diagnosis and management of AF.
Are you at risk of AF‑related stroke?
People diagnosed with AF may suffer an increased risk of stroke. One method (used in the NICE guidelines for AF) is the CHA2DS2 - VASc scoring system.
An online version of this assessment system is available here at care AF. It is a simple five-question process, and we do not store or record any information about you.
Having your AF under control is extremely important to your well-being and reducing your risk of stroke. Here you can understand your diagnosis of AF so that you can be an active participant in your treatment.
Living a healthy life may really help to keep your AF under control. Here we offer handy hints and tips for maintaining good heart health, including what to eat, how to exercise and the importance of managing your stress levels.
AF is a condition affecting people all across the UK.
Here you can read case studies of real patients detailing their journey through diagnosis, symptom control, AF-related stroke prevention measures and long-term management.
care AF has a number of resources to help you manage your AF symptoms and keep track of important notes that may be useful to you or your doctor.
The patient diary can be downloaded free of charge and can be viewed using any standard PDF reader.