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AFib increases mortality risk

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Most importantly, AFib double the person’s risk of death and is the cause of nearly 100,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

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  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • Medicare beneficiaries AFib mortality rate
    Of Medicare beneficiaries who receive an atrial fibrillation diagnosis, 1 in 4 will die within a year.  
  • 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.  
  • Annual cost of AFib-related stroke in Medicare patients
    The annual cost of stroke in Medicare patients with atrial fibrillation is estimated at $8 billion.  
  • AFib prevalence estimates
    Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart arrhythmia in the U.S. Often going undiagnosed, AFib prevalence estimates vary between 2.7 million and 6.1 million Americans.  
  • Average age of AFib patients
    The mean age for atrial fibrillation is 66.8 years in men and 74.6 years in women.