Silver Book Fact

Cost of AFib-related stroke in Medicare patients

The incremental treatment costs associated with stroke in the year following diagnosis of atrial fibrillation are an estimated $7,907 per Medicare patient.

Lee W, Lamas G, Balu S, Spalding J, et al. Direct Treatment Cost of Atrial Fibrillation in the Elderly American Population: A Medicare perspective. J Med Econ. 2008; 11(2): 281-98. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19450086

Reference

Title
Direct Treatment Cost of Atrial Fibrillation in the Elderly American Population: A Medicare perspective
Publication
J Med Econ
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Lee W, Lamas G, Balu S, Spalding J, et al.
Volume & Issue
Volume 11, Issue 2
Pages
281-98
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

Related Facts

  • Atrial fibrillation prevalence, 2007
    An estimated 2.2 million Americans have atrial fibrillation and most are over the age of 65.  
  • Distribution of inpatient and selected outpatient costs for treating atrial fibrillation
    Distribution of inpatient and selected outpatient costs for treating atrial fibrillation  
  • Between 2.7 and 6.1 million Americans have AFib.  
  • Annual cost of treating privately insured patients for AFib
    The annual cost of treating privately insured patients for atrial fibrillation (AF) is $12,350 per patient— approximately 5 times greater than treating patients without AF.  
  • Hospital readmission rates among AFib patients
    In the year following initial hospitalization for atrial fibrillation (AF), 12.5% of chronic AF patients were readmitted for AF—17.6% of readmissions occurred within 1 month. Among newly-diagnosed patients, 10.1% were…