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This simple heart health check can predict and prevent a stroke

Of all the signals our body gives off to tell us that we have a health issue brewing, our heart beat is the easiest to read.

If you place two fingers on the inside of your wrist to feel your pulse, you can easily check to see how regular, and how fast your heart rate is.

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the leading cause of strokes in over 65s and a fast, irregular heart beat is a common symptom.

Members of staff can easily check for AF warning signs
Members of staff can easily check for AF warning signs

Health practitioners in West Suffolk have teamed up with Abbeycroft Leisure to more accurately identify sufferers of AF.

Staff at Abbeycroft are now trained to check for AF with special devices which easily check the pulse for warning signs.

People in West Suffolk are being asked to pay closer attention to their pulse after data emerged suggesting that there are 1,700 people suffering with undiagnosed AF in the area.

Martin Bate, Transformation Project Manager for the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: "We have a problem in Suffolk because data shows that of all the people admitted to West Suffolk Hospital following a stroke, 35 per cent of them had AF. The national average is 25 per cent."

The normal heart rate while resting can fall anywhere between 60 and 100 beats per minute.

Anything higher than that, particularly when coupled with an irregular beat is a warning sign that should be checked by a doctor.

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