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AFib increases mortality risk

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Most importantly, AFib double the person’s risk of death and is the cause of nearly 100,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

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  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • Medical service utilization in AFib
    Medical service utilization in persons with and without atrial fibrillation  
  • AFib rates by age
    Around 82% of Americans with atrial fibrillation are age 65 and older. Around 37% are age 80 and older.  
  • Hospital costs for ischemic stroke
    Hospital costs for nonrecurrent ischemic stroke are 20% higher in patients with atrial fibrillation, than in patients without the disease.  
  • Atrial Fibrillation prevalence increase from 1992 to 2002
    Among Medicare patients ages 65 and older, atrial fibrillation prevalence increased from 3.2% in 1992 to 6.0% in 2002–with higher prevalence in older patients.  
  • Atrial fibrillation costs
    Around 73% of total U.S. atrial fibrillation costs are for inpatient expenses.