Adopting Diagnostic Innovation in Primary Care

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Around 1.2 million people in the UK are diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF), with nearly half a million estimated to have undiagnosed AF. Sadly, for many patients, stroke is the first presentation of AF and this is associated with high mortality, morbidity and disability. Dr Yassir Javaid, a GPwSI cardiology and CCG Cardiovascular lead, will discuss the benefits of incorporating innovative technologies into primary cardiac care to help address this unmet need. Previously awarded ‘GP of the Year’ for his work in reducing emergency stroke admissions across the East Midlands, Dr Javaid will also discuss his experience of working on developing a new primary care model for patients with suspected arrhythmia, designed to also improve the detection rate of AF. He will highlight the importance of AF upskilling within primary care and the potential of an AF clinical template to facilitate the translation of evidence into primary care practice and enable the standardised delivery of evidence-based treatment.


Yassir Javaid

Yassir Javaid

Learning Objectives

  • For the audience to understand how new primary care models can expedite patient care
  • To show the difference between “screening” and “diagnosing” arrhythmias with new technology
  • Virtual clinics and telemedicine go hand in hand – direct to patient shipping models
  • Understand Yassir’s work on pathways and the existing pathway inefficiencies, therefore the efficiencies created with the new pathways
  • Routes to implementation/redesign

Target Audience

  • GPs, nurses and clinical pharmacists with an interest in cardiology
  • Cardiologists
  • Stroke Physicians
  • Commissioners and trust Board Level members

Faculty Biographies

Yassir Javaid

Yassir Javaid

Dr Yassir Javaid, Cardiovascular & Diabetes Lead Northamptonshire CCG, UK. Qualified from Cambridge University and completed his GP VTS training in Northampton. He has an interest in cardiology and echocardiography and was a clinical lead in the Northamptonshire Community Cardiology service, which had a focus on patients with heart failure and valve disease. Dr Javaid was named Pulse “GP of the Year” in 2015 for his work in reducing stroke emergency admissions in the East Midlands. He is also a council member of the British Heart Valve Society, accredited member of the British Society of Echocardiography and on the editorial board for the British Journal of Cardiology.

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