Silver Book Fact

Quality of life in AFib patients

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Individuals with AFib report substantially worse quality of life compared to those without the disease

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  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • 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.  
  • AFib patients over age 80, 2050
    By 2050, it is estimated that more than 50% of Americans with atrial fibrillation will be age 80 and older.  
  • Hospital costs for ischemic stroke
    Hospital costs for nonrecurrent ischemic stroke are 20% higher in patients with atrial fibrillation, than in patients without the disease.  
  • Estimated hospital costs for atrial fibrillation patients, 2001
    The estimated costs for hospitalization of atrial fibrillation (AF) patients in 2001 were $2.93 billion for patients with AF as their primary discharge diagnosis.  
  • Ischemic strokes caused by AFib
    Atrial fibrillation is responsible for at least 15% to 20% of all ischemic strokes.