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AFib patient hospital visits

Individuals with atrial fibrillation (AF) are 4 times more likely to visit the hospital 3 or more times in the year following an AF diagnosis—compared to those without the disease.

Lee, WC, GA Lamas, S Balu, J Spalding, Q Wang, and CL Pashos. Direct Treatment Cost of Atrial Fibrillation in the Elderly American Population: A Medicare perspective. J Med Econ. 2008; 11(2): 281-98. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19450086

Reference

Title
Direct Treatment Cost of Atrial Fibrillation in the Elderly American Population: A Medicare perspective
Publication
J Med Econ
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Lee, WC, GA Lamas, S Balu, J Spalding, Q Wang, and CL Pashos
Volume & Issue
Volume 11, Issue 2
Pages
281-98
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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