Atrial fibrillation prevalence estimates

Estimates of the total number of people in England who have atrial fibrillation



These documents show atrial fibrillation estimates at GP practice, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and for the whole of England.

Atrial fibrillation age and sex specific prevalence rates have been applied to GP practice lists available from the Health and Social Care Information Centre. Quality and Outcomes Framework recorded atrial fibrillation prevalence was used to compare the differences between estimated and observed atrial fibrillation prevalence; differences are reported as a ratio of the two.

The estimates are calculated using age and sex specific prevalence rates from a recent Swedish population study, applied to local geographic areas in England in order to identify areas where the prevalence of atrial fibrillation is lower than would be expected if the local population demographics were the same as in Sweden. Atrial fibrillation is often non-symptomatic and left untreated, can lead to higher risk of stroke and death. Using these estimates could possibly assist GPs and CCGs in identifying undiagnosed atrial fibrillation in their area.

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