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AFib treatment costs, 2001

In 2001, the estimated treatment costs of atrial fibrillation were $6.65 billion per year—this included hospitalization costs, in- and out-patient care, and medications. This did not include costs of stroke prevention treatments, inpatient drug costs, inpatient physician fees, or indirect costs.

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  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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