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Vera felt tired and breathless but put this down to another health condition. A routine blood pressure check and subsequent ECG showed that she had atrial fibrillation. She takes warfarin to reduce her risk of stroke.

  • Background

    Vera is retired and has two grown-up children and lots of grandchildren. She is actively involved in voluntary work. She feels it is important to share information about health conditions....

  • Age at interview 75
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Martin

    Martin's sister has AF so he was aware of the symptoms when he experienced them himself. He saw his GP and was later diagnosed with AF at the hospital. Martin takes aspirin and sotalol, and will shortly start taking ramipril for raised blood pressure.

  • Background

    Martin is a retired university lecturer and lives with his wife. He has five grown up children. Ethnic background/nationality: White.

  • Age at interview 73
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Anne

    Anne had symptoms of AF for about six years before her diagnosis. Controlling her blood levels on warfarin was difficult. Now on rivaroxaban she has not had an episode of AF for two years. Other medication includes the beta blocker carvedilol.

  • Background

    Anne is a retired medical social worker and lives alone. She has three grown-up children and is a busy grandmother. Ethnic background/nationality: White.

  • Age at interview 71
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Janet

    Janet had experienced angina for 10 years but after a recent episode of breathlessness on holidays she was diagnosed with AF. She has been advised to take warfarin and to have a cardioversion. She is undecided and has deferred her decision.

  • Background

    Janet is a retired social worker. She is married with 5 adult children and lots of grandchildren. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.

  • Age at interview 74
  • Sex/Gender Female