Atrial Fibrillation Facts and Statistics

10 Things You Should Know About Atrial Fibrillation
  1. How many people in the U.S. have atrial fibrillation?
    More than 5 million Americans are estimated to have "A-fib."1

  2. What is the economic impact of atrial fibrillation in the U.S.?
    The estimated cost of treating atrial fibrillation in the U.S. adds up to $6.65 billion per year.2

  3. At what age do people get atrial fibrillation?
    The risk of atrial fibrillation increases with age. The median age for a woman with A-fib is 74.6, and for men it's 66.8 years.2

  4. How many older people have atrial fibrillation?
    A-fib affects approximately 4 percent of the population over age 60, and 10 percent of the population over 80.3

  5. Does atrial fibrillation cause strokes?
    Thirty-five percent of all A-fib patients will have a stroke at some point. A-fib-related strokes are 3 times as fatal as other strokes within the first 30 days.1

  6. Does atrial fibrillation cause death?
    Death rates for women with A-fib are 2.5 times greater than for men.4

  7. How many people are hospitalized for atrial fibrillation every year?
    About 350,000 hospitalizations a year are attributed to A-fib.1

  8. What is the projected growth of atrial fibrillation rates in the U.S.?
    With the aging of baby boomers, A-fib is expected to increase to more than 10 million2 patients by 2050.

  9. How many people die from atrial fibrillation every year?
    A-fib is thought to be responsible for 88,000 deaths a year.5

  10. Does atrial fibrillation cause a rapid heartbeat?
    A person suffering from A-fib will often have an irregular heartbeat and may experience more than 200 beats per minute.5

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1. "10 Atrial Fibrillation Facts That May Surprise You." Physician's Weekly. August 29, 2012.
2. "Atrial Fibrillation Fact Sheet." Centers for Disease Control. Page last reviewed December 20, 2010.
3. "Atrial Fibrillation: Q & A." Washington University School of Medicine. Accessed March 31.
4. Hills, Mellanie True. "Gender Matters: Why A-fib Is More Fatal for Women." EP Lab Digest. Stop March 25, 2013.
5. "Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) Awareness," "Atrial Fibrillation Fact Sheet." Heart Rhythm Society.