Silver Book Fact

Medical care associated with atrial fibrillation, 2001

In 2001, atrial fibrillation was the cause of around:
• 350,000 hospitalizations
• 5 million office visits
• 276,000 emergency department visits
• 234,000 out-patient visits

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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  • The number of inpatient discharges from short-stay hospitals with cardiovascular disease as the first-listed diagnosis increased from about 6,107,000 to 6,161,000 from 1996 to 2006.  
  • In 2004, the overall death rate from cardiovascular disease was 288 per 100,000.  
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  • In 2003, $31.7 billion in payments were made to Medicare beneficiaries discharged from short-stay hospitals with a principal diagnosis of cardiovascular disease–an average of $8,966 per discharge.