Are you 75 years old or older? Do you have a smartphone?

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is an irregular heart rhythm affecting 59.7 million people worldwide and it confers a 5-fold increase in risk of stroke especially in older populations.

Researchers at the University of Sydney are looking for people living in the community aged 75 years and older. This “Mass screening for AF” is conducted by a team of researchers including heart specialists, GPs and medical researchers at Westmead Applied Research Centre, University of Sydney.

What it involves is you performing self-screening for AF using an easy-to-use small handheld ECG device connected wirelessly to your smartphone. The ECG tracing that shows your heart rhythm will be automatically sent to Westmead Hospital central monitor system and checked by trained personnel. You and your GP will be notified of AF or other serious heart rhythm abnormality. Early detection and treatment of AF can reduce stroke risk.

You can contact the researchers: mobile 0439 152 961 and email mason.burns@sydney.edu.au. Contact them today to find out whether you are eligible.

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