Atrial Fibrillation: A Major Healthcare Challenge

AF is one of the most important public health issues and a leading cause of increasing health care expenditure in Western Europe.  AF costs the US economy >$6.65 billion per year with 75% of the cost resulting from hospitalisations.  With the aging population this number is expected to double by 2023.

Figures from USA
  • 1% of the population suffer from AF

  • 10% of patients are over 70 years of age

  • 2 to 3 million Americans have AF

  • 50% of symptoms are unresponsive to drug treatment

  • AF is the leading cause of increasing health care expenditure

Diagram Explaining Cardiac Arrhythmia

Types of AF

AF usually originates from the left atrium (LA) which has a complex structure and shape, including four veins that drain blood from the lungs into the heart.

  • Paroxysmal AF: recurrent AF (≥2 episodes), terminates spontaneously within 7 days

  • Persistent AF: AF sustains >7 days, or needs pharmacologic or electrical cardioversion

  • Permanent AF: AF not corrected by treatments other than medication

Paroxysmal AF can be prevented by electrical isolation of the four pulmonary veins.  

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