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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

Related Facts

  • 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.  
  • Average age of AFib patients
    The mean age for atrial fibrillation is 66.8 years in men and 74.6 years in women.  
  • AFib Medicare cost
    Medicare alone is estimated to pay $15.7 billion per year to treat newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation patients.  
  • Annual cost of treating privately insured patients for AFib
    The annual cost of treating privately insured patients for atrial fibrillation (AF) is $12,350 per patient— approximately 5 times greater than treating patients without AF.  
  • 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…