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Primary diagnoses for AFib patients

Heart failure was listed as the primary diagnosis for 11.8% of patients hospitalized with atrial fibrillation (AF). Coronary heart disease was listed for 9.9% of AF patients, and stroke was listed for 4.9%.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Atrial Fibrillation as a Contributing Cause of Death and Medicare Hospitalization: United States 1999. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2003; 52: 128-131. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5207a2.htm

Reference

Title
Atrial Fibrillation as a Contributing Cause of Death and Medicare Hospitalization: United States 1999
Publication
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep
Publication Date
2003
Authors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Pages
128-131
URL
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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