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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02569: Rachael Hamilton (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it encourages testing for arial fibrillation.

Answered by: Shona Robison 23 September 2016

The Scottish Government’s Heart Disease Improvement Plan (HDIP) was published in 2014 and identified six priorities, one of which is Arrhythmias. Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a related condition and can cause events such as heart attacks and strokes; it may produce few or no symptoms so people do not seek medical advice or investigation. NHS Boards are expected to treat those with AF in line with the guidance in Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) Guideline 94 ‘Cardiac Arrhythmias in Coronary Heart Disease’. The expectation is that AF should generally be managed in primary care and a simple pulse check can identify if someone is at risk.