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Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Costs, Hospitalizations Mount

Treating the Heart Condition Costs $26 Billion Annually in the U.S., and Patients Have a High Rate of Hospitalizations
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Almost Half a Million New Cases of Atrial Fibrillation Reported Annually

More than 460,000 new cases of atrial fibrillation are diagnosed every year, and it contributes to more than 80,000 deaths annually, according to the study.

“Atrial fibrillation is a significant issue and it is clearly causing primary hospitalizations, but we are likely underestimating its costs,” Kim says.

The study is published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association.

It was funded by the pharmaceutical company, Sanofi-Aventis US Inc.

Kim disclosed that he is a research consultant to the drug company and is on its speakers bureau and advisory board. One of the study authors, Mehul R. Dalal, PhD, of Northwestern, is an employee of Sanofi-Aventis. And Stephen Johnston, MA, Bong-Chul Chu, PhD, and Kathy L. Schulman, MA, are employees of Thomson Reuters, which has a research consulting agreement with Sanofi-Aventis.

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