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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

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    By 2050, it is estimated that more than 50% of Americans with atrial fibrillation will be age 80 and older.  
  • Annual strokes from AFib
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