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Most of us probably haven't heard of it, but a potentially deadly heart condition is becoming alarmingly widespread. Cases of atrial fibrillation have rocketed by 20% in the last five years, and a campaign's under way to increase awareness.
A father-of-two from Dorset has spoken about the shadow it's cast over his life. Martin Dowse reports.
Richard Elgar from Verwood in Dorset is one of millions of people in the country living with a dangerous heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. It means he is five times more likely to have a stroke. He says it sometimes feels like a relief to wake up in the morning.
New figures suggest that more than a million people in the UK are now living with atrial fibrillation, a dangerous heart rhythm. Those affected, like Richard Elgar (pictured above), are at five times greater risk of having a stroke.
This is the first time the figure has passed a million - it has risen nearly 20% in five years. The rise may be due to an increasingly older population, and also better diagnosis. Sometimes there are no symptoms, leaving people completely unaware that they are at risk of stroke.