Atrial fibrillation as a cause of death increased steeply in England between 1995 and 2010

For those who trivialize the importance of diagnoses and treatment of atrial fibrillation: have a look at this result!

“In England, age-standardized death rates for mentions of AF increased almost three-fold between 1995 and 2010, from 202.5 deaths per million (1995) to 554.1 deaths per million (2010), with an average annual percentage change of 6.6% (95% confidence interval: 6.3, 7.0).”1

The good thing is that easy, accurate and cheap methods to monitor (possible) AF patients are available. Unfortunately, the degree of usage is often a discussion of funding, budgets, invoice (im)possibilities, in other words: money. Let’s see if cardiologists, insurance companies and the patient empowerment can change that behaviour.

Author: Rene Stenvert @ Vitaphone Netherlands
Source: 1Europace Oxford Journals

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One thought on “Atrial fibrillation as a cause of death increased steeply in England between 1995 and 2010

  1. Brad Tritle says:

    Excellent post, Rene!

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