Trends in Hospitalization for Atrial Fibrillation: Epidemiology, Cost, and Implications for the Future

Azfar Sheikh, Nileshkumar J. Patel, Nikhil Nalluri, Kanishk Agnihotri, Jonathan Spagnola, Aashay Patel, Deepak Asti, Ritesh Kanotra, Hafiz Khan, Chirag Savani, Shilpkumar Arora, Nilay Patel, Badal Thakkar, Neil Patel, Dhaval Pau, Apurva O. Badheka, Abhishek Deshmukh, Marcin Kowalski, Juan Viles Gonzalez, Hakan Paydak

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent arrhythmia worldwide and the most common arrhythmia leading to hospitalization. Due to a substantial increase in incidence and prevalence of AF over the past few decades, it attributes to an extensive economic and public health burden. The increasing number of hospitalizations, aging population, anticoagulation management, and increasing trend for disposition to a skilled facility are drivers of the increasing cost associated with AF. There has been significant progress in AF management with the release of new oral anticoagulants, use of left atrial catheter ablation, and novel techniques for left atrial appendage closure. In this article, we aim to review the trends in epidemiology, hospitalization, and cost of AF along with its future implications on public health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-116
Number of pages12
JournalProgress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015



  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cost analysis
  • Epidemiology
  • Future implications
  • Trends in hospitalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Sheikh, A., Patel, N. J., Nalluri, N., Agnihotri, K., Spagnola, J., Patel, A., Asti, D., Kanotra, R., Khan, H., Savani, C., Arora, S., Patel, N., Thakkar, B., Patel, N., Pau, D., Badheka, A. O., Deshmukh, A., Kowalski, M., Viles Gonzalez, J., & Paydak, H. (2015). Trends in Hospitalization for Atrial Fibrillation: Epidemiology, Cost, and Implications for the Future. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 58(2), 105-116.