Stroke screening programme saves lives in Cheshire


Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has released a report during National Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Awareness Month highlighting the value of pulse testing for atrial fibrillation.

The report shows that a joint campaign with Cheshire Fire and Rescue and the Innovation Agency has potentially prevented up to 12 strokes and saved the NHS half a million pounds.

The service commissioned an evaluation of the impact of atrial fibrillation and affordable warmth screening as part of its Safe and Well Programme.

The study concluded that atrial fibrillation screening, using portable devices provided by the Innovation Agency, has potentially saved 12 lives – and an estimated £550,000 in treatment costs.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition caused by an abnormal heart rhythm. NHS England estimates more than 20,000 people in Cheshire have the condition, either not identified or not well managed. The mobile ECG devices test for an irregular pulse and enable people found to have AF to be treated.

Safe and Well Visits are offered to residents who are aged over 65 or who are referred to the service by partner agencies. The visits still incorporate the traditional fire safety information but also offer blood pressure testing and additional advice on slips, trips and fall prevention, loneliness and isolation as well as offering additional support to those who wish to stop smoking, or reduce their alcohol consumption.

Read the full findings from the study on the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service website: