February 24, 2018

Health and Advocacy Leaders Raise Awareness of Atrial Fibrillation (Afib), a Costly and Misunderstood Cardiovascular Disease

As Baby Boomers approach their Medicare years, a diverse group of healthcare leaders has joined together to launch AF Stat™: A Call to Action for Atrial Fibrillation (AF Stat), and to announce the formation of the AF Stat Working Group. 

This first-of-its-kind, national initiative aims to elevate understanding, diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation (afib) among all those affected by this serious and increasingly prevalent cardiovascular disease. 

Characterized by irregular heartbeats or a rapid heart rate, afib is associated with a five-fold increase in stroke risk, worsens underlying cardiovascular disease, and doubles the risk of death. It also costs approximately $6.65 billion annually, largely due to increased hospitalization, and emergency room and medical care utilization.

The AF Stat Working Group includes:

Also released as part of AF Stat was the “Out of Sync: The State of AFib” survey that measured physician, nurse and patient afib experiences and attitudes.

Read more:  Health and Advocacy Leaders Mobilize to Bring Attention to Atrial Fibrillation, a Costly and Misunderstood Cardiovascular Disease


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