The growing use of mobile apps and other devices that monitor heart rate is likely to increase presentations with suspected atrial fibrillation to emergency departments and to GPs.
Your friends know that you work shifts in the ED of the local hospital as well as in your own general practice. Thus, you are not surprised when one of your friends telephones you about a relative who has been taken to the ED by ambulance with a ‘heart problem’. You promise to check on him during your ED shift later that evening and, after the ED handover, introduce yourself to the patient. He is pleased to see a familiar face and gives permission for you to be informed about his care and to read his medical notes and investigation results.