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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.

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  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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