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AFib prevalence estimates

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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.

Secular Trends in Incidence of Atrial Fibrillation in Olmsted County, Minnesota, 1980 to 2000, and Implications on the Projections for Future Prevalence. Circ. 2006; 114(2). http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/114/2/119.long

Prevalence of Diagnosed Atrial Fibrillation in Adults: National implications for rhythm management and stroke prevention: the AnTicoagulation & Risk Factors in Atrial Fibrillation (ATRIA) study. JAMA. 2001; 285(18). http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=193807

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  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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