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AF patients say ‘yes’ to the freedom that self-monitoring gives them

A new patient survey carried out by the AF Association showed that the majority of patients surveyed, who are currently on a vitamin K antagonist such as warfarin, agreed that patient self-monitoring (PSM) would give 79% of them, who would prefer to live a life free from frequent clinic visits, the option to do so.

AF or ‘atrial fibrillation’ is the most common heart rhythm disorder, and is a leading cause of AF-related stroke. AF is responsible for 20% of all strokes; for individuals with AF, the risk of suffering an AF-related stroke is increased by nearly 500%.

The survey launch coincides with the launch of the next generation of INR PSM meter for patients. The new meter allows patients to send their results to their clinic via an App on their phone using wireless connectivity.

Trudie Lobban MBE, Founder and CEO of the AF Association, said, “The results of the survey showed that nearly 80% of patients would want to self-monitor, giving them independence when travelling for work or pleasure. This innovation helps to empower patients to take control of their therapy and reduce the number of clinic visits that they have to make, saving both time and money”.

The results of AF Association’s survey confirm 78% of patients agree that they will benefit greatly from the convenience that PSM provides. With the newly launched meter, important reminders can be set up for events such as when to test, take medication or next doctor’s appointment. On-screen help provides text guidance through-out the test procedure.