A campaign to prevent strokes by detecting cradiac arrhythmias

Drs Navarrete and Aurelio Rojas with María Victoria Martín
Drs Navarrete and Aurelio Rojas with María Victoria Martín / SUR
  • The initiative is the idea of the anticoagulation patients association and promotes the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation

People with atrial fibrillation (AF), a quivering or irregular heartbeat (benign cardiac arrhythmia), have been shown to be at more risk of suffering a stroke. It stands to reason then, how important it is to diagnose an irregular heartbeat.

The campaign by the Asociación de Pacientes Anticoagulados y Coronarios de Málaga (APAM) aims to highlight the importance of detecting this disease in time and saving lives.

The entrance hall of the Carlos Haya Hospital in Malaga was the launch site for the campaign with two doctors from the cardiology unit, Inmaculada Navarrete and Antonio Aurelio Rojas, giving free tests to people who wanted to check if they suffer with an irregular heartbeat.

APAM’s president María Victoria Martín expressed how important it was to detect these arrhythmias which can lead to a stroke.

The simple test carried out involved placing the ball of the thumb on a small plaque which sends an electrocardiogram through to a mobile phone which can then be printed out.

AFis one of the most common heart arrhythmias, it is characterised by the atrial chambers of the heart beating irregularly and out of sync.

This type of arrhthymia does not usually have any symptoms, therefore early detection can help prevent the illness progressing, explained Dr Navarrete.

Besides offering this free test, members of the association handed out leaflets about heart disease.