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AF Association Patients Days

AF Association Patients Days aim to bring together patients, carers and medical professionals to learn from each other and share experiences of living with Atrial Fibrillation.

AF Association Patients Day 2014    

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual AF Association Patients Day at Birmingham ICC on Sunday 5 October. The Day was a resounding success with presentations from eminent cardiologists, experts and an appearance by Fabrice Muamba, international football icon, who presented the Charles Lobban Award for Volunteer of the Year to Bob Dove, a tireless supporter of AF Association. Read more here.

Transcripts of the presentations are being prepared and they will be available shortly.


Chair: Jo Jerrome & Dr Glyn Thomas
10:00 Welcome and introduction   Jo Jerrome
10:05 Atrial fibrillation & atrial flutter - what are the differences & can I have both?   Dr Kim Rajappan
10:20 Cardioversion - short or long term solution?   Dr Chris Pepper
10:40 Catheter ablation - the recovery process & what to expect   Dr Mark O'Neill
11:00 Taking control of your AF   Trudie Lobban
Prof John Morgan
11:15 Break    
11:30 The potential influence of the vagus nerve in AF   Dr Nicholas Gall
11:55 Improvements in the treatment of AF - looking forward   Dr Chris Pepper
12:15 Question Time    
12:45 Lunch    

Discussion Tables

Patients will be split into 2 groups with the faculty members rotating for each topic as per the session times below:
> Session 1: 13:45-14:15
> Session 2: 14:15-14:45
> Session 3: 14:45-15:15
> Session 4: 15:15-15:45
The psychological impact of an AF diagnosis & ways to cope   Dr Glyn Thomas
Travelling with AF   Dr Matt Fay
Enhancing your patient voice   Ed McRandal
Anticoagulation therapy   Dr Steve Murray
15:45 Summary/call to action and thanks    
16:00 Close

Europe AF 2013

Our annual Patients Day at Europe AF took place on Sunday 24th November 2013 at Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London. Ask questions to some of the leading heart rhythm specialists in the UK and share your experiences with other patients and carers.

Chair: Trudie Lobban / Jo Jerrome
13:30 Young with AF   Dr Mark O'Neill
14:00 When could I benefit from seeking referral to a heart rhythm specialist?   Prof Richard Schilling
14:30 Question Time    
15:00 Break
15:30 Living with AF - physical activity, travel and remaining me   Prof Hugh Calkins
16:00 Medications v procedures for my heart rhythm   Dr Boris Schmidt
16:30 Anticoagulation - which therapy is appropriate   Dr Mark Earley
17:00 Close

AF Association Patients Day 2013

We ran our second Patients Day in Birmingham's The ICC this year. It was great to see lots of new faces. We had a diverse agenda covering topics like access to therapies, rights and expectations in the new NHS, exercise and AF, and support services for AF patients.

Topics included:

Chair: Dr Andrew Grace
10:00 Diagnosis with AF - what care and management should all patients receive?   Stuart Allen
10:25 Symptomatic AF - what drug therapies are available?   Dr Andrew Grace
10:50 Break    
11:00 Ablation - who is this for, how might this improve my outcomes? Dr Matt Wright  
11:30 Diagnosed, assessed and treated, but what future can I expect and what follow up or care should I take?   Dr Matt Fay
11:55 What is my INR and what does it mean?   Prof David Fitzmaurice
12:20 Question Time    
12:45 Lunch    
13:45 Services which can support recovery after diagnosis of AF   Carolyn Shepherd
14:10 Rights and expectations in the 'new NHS'   Rachel O'Connor
14:30 Break    
Discussion tables (two options to choose from the topics)
Session One: 14:40-15:10
Session Two: 15:15-15:40
Exercise and AF   Dr Adam Fitzpatrick
Anticoagulants - options and discussion   Dr Matt Fay & Jayne Mudd
Drugs and AF   Dr Andrew Grace & Carolyn Shepherd
Catheter ablation   Dr Ross Hunter & Dr Matt Wright
Accessing therapies   Vicki Hill & Ed McRandal
Managing your lifestyle and hearing from others   Bob Dove
15:40 Summary and thanks    

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Europe AF 2012

Europe AF Patients Day was held in London on Sunday 18th November 2012. Over 50 patients and carers attended at the London Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel.

Professor Hugh Calkins was among the clinicians who presented on the day. His presentation on cattheter ablation can be viewed here.

2012 AFA Patients' Day at the Heart Rhythm Congress (HRC), ICC Birmingham

AFA Patients' Day 2012 was our most successful to date. We were joined by over 150 patients and atrial fibrillation specialists on Sunday 23rd September 2012 at The ICC in Birmingham.

Patients were presented with seminars on various issues surrounding AF, which were led by prominent names in arrhythmia healthcare. This was followed by a workshop where clinicians were interacting with patients to answer questions and gain a better understanding of diagnosis, treatment options and living with AF.

2011 AFA Patient Day at the Heart Rhythm Congress (HRC)

A tremendous day was enjoyed by more than one hundred AFA members at this year’s HRC AFA Patient Day. An interactive exhibition enabling delegates to try out catheter tools, AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) and learn more about existing and new support services and devices available, the day started with a breakfast workshop seeking opinions and ideas for new on-line information resources for Atrial Fibrillation (AF).

By mid-morning we were learning about how we can all be involved from volunteering and fundraising to sharing information and ensuring AF is a priority within NHS services.

Presentations then followed looking at assessing the risk factors, the role of anti-arrhythmic drugs and anti-coagulants.

With presenters happy to stay and talk with delegates long after the close, AFA would like to thank all members of Faculty for their time and support in making this day possible.

If you would to register for further information on AFA Patient day at HRC 2012, to be held in Birmingham at the ICC, please email


2010 AFA Patient Day at the Heart Rhythm Congress

Members arrived from across the UK to attend the annual AFA Patient Day held in Birmingham during the Heart Rhythm Congress.

The packed day was enjoyed by over one hundred AFA members and offered access to the exhibition, where AED Locator, AllClear Insurance, Arrhythmia Alliance, Medtronic, Omron, Roche, St Jude, and STARS all had stands offering information, hands on experience of devices and monitors and access to key representatives who were very happy to talk about the technology and new options on show.

The day also provided presentations ranging from being under 60 with AF, exercise and AF, living alongside AF and the importance of ‘know Your Pulse’ and greater understanding and insight into current and new treatment options, why do we develop AF? And how can we judge and interpret trial results. Completing on the role of therapy and hypnotherapy in supporting the person ‘behind the condition’ and then the popular ‘Any Questions’, the day was complete.

Feed-back from those who attended has been extremely positive, and we look forward to building on your suggestions for further topics in the 2011 plans!

AFA would like to thank all members of Faculty who so kindly gave their time to attend and support the meeting and to the companies who helped make the exhibition such a success.

Exercise and AF, is there any evidence and what does it suggest?

Presented by Dr Andreas Wolff, GPwSI, Darlington


AFA Patient Day at The Heart Rhythm Congress 2009

This year’s AFA Patient Day was held on Sunday 18th October at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel. More than one hundred members attended to listen to a wide range of presentations and browse the first dedicated Patient Exhibition at HRC. This year, both Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A) – www.heartrhythmcharity and the Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures (STARS) – held Patient Day meetings at the same event, so once registered, delegates could select from more than twenty presentations during the day!

To register an interest to attend future AFA Patient Day events, please email

Many AF presentations from the day have kindly been permitted to be included on the AFA website by the individual presenters. Please click on the following links to read notes and view slides of the day.

1) The Patient Day Agenda – Sunday October 18th 2009 at the Heart Rhythm Congress

2) A Patient’s Journey – Mr Bob Dove, AF patient

3) Seeking an Understanding – Mr Martin Harman, AF patient

4) Causes and Triggers of Atrial Fibrillation – Dr Andrew Grace

5) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for AF – Dr Graeme Gillespie

6) Catheter Ablation for AF, is it a cure? – Dr Mark Earley

7) Excercise and AF - Professor Patrick J Doherty

8) Read Summary of the Day


AFA Patient Day - Europe AF 2008

Living with AF - by G J O'Sullivan


AFA Patient Day at Heart Rhythm Congress 2008

Finding The Right Doctor, A Patient’s Experience - by Peter