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Healthcare costs of atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major economic burden for society with the biggest cost driver being hospitalizations—accounting for 52% of costs. Drugs for AF account for 23% of costs, consultations at 9%, further investigations at 8%, loss of work at 6%, and paramedical procedures at 2%.

Le Heuzey, J-Y, O Paziaud, O Piot, SM Ait, X Copie, T Lavergne, and L Guize. Cost of Care Distribution in Atrial Fibrillation Patients: The COCAF study. Am Heart J. 2004; 147(1): 121-6. http://www.ahjonline.com/article/S0002-8703%2803%2900524-6/abstract

Reference

Title
Cost of Care Distribution in Atrial Fibrillation Patients: The COCAF study
Publication
Am Heart J
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Le Heuzey, J-Y, O Paziaud, O Piot, SM Ait, X Copie, T Lavergne, and L Guize
Volume & Issue
Volume 147, Issue 1
Pages
121-6
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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