Doctors call for urgent stroke screening programme in bid to prevent 2,000 deaths a year

Doctors call for urgent stroke screening programme in bid to prevent 2,000 deaths a year GPs would check pulses of everyone over 65 and refer those with irregular pulses for further testing A national screening programme for over-65s should be 'urgently' introduced to reduce the number of premature deaths caused by stroke, according to medical experts.

First once-a-day pill for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation patients

First once-a-day pill for stroke prevention in irregular heartbeat patients Rivaroxaban will help treat the most common heart rhythm disturbance, artrial fibrillation, affecting around 800,000 (file photo) The first once-a-day blood-thinning drug in patients with an irregular heartbeat has been approved for use in Britain. Rivaroxaban works as well as warfarin, a treatment based on rat poison which has been used since the 1950s, and has fewer side effects.