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Flu Jab Pensioners To Be Offered Heart Checks

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7:17am 3rd June 2014

More people in Dorset are living with an irregular heartbeat compared to the rest of the country.

The heart rhythm disorder, officially called Atrial Fibrillation (AF), can increase your risk of a stroke fivefold.

Soon, elderly people getting the flu jab in Dorset will also be tested to make sure they have no symptoms of an irregular heartbeat in a new screening project.

Health experts say many people don't actually have any symptoms but normal ones include dizziness, shortness of breath, a fast beating heart and tiredness.

Dr Adam Fraser from Bridges Medical Centre in Weymouth said the new screening programme is very important:

"During clinics last year, practices in Weymouth and Portland took part in a pilot screening project and diagnosed 22 patients with AF, these patients are now having treatment to prevent a stroke."

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