"You just hope you're going to wake up in the morning"

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.

Advertisement

Numbers with dangerous heart rhythm tops 1 million

New figures suggest that more than a million people in the UK are now living with atrial fibrillation, a dangerous heart rhythm leaving. Those affected are at five times greater risk of having a stroke.