AFib, an economic burden
AFib is a major economic burden for the U.S. with at least $6.65 billion in healthcare costs attributable to the disease each year. This estimate may be low. One study estimates that Medicare alone pays $15.7 billion per year to treat newly diagnosed AFib patients.
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