Irregular Heartbeat Hospitalizations Rise Sharply

Monday, 19 May 2014 05:27 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
There's been a sharp rise in the number of Americans hospitalized with a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study shows.

Researchers analyzed national data from 2001 to 2010 and found there were nearly 4 million hospitalizations for atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke and other heart-related complications.

During the study period, the number of hospitalizations for atrial fibrillation increased 23 percent and the costs of treating the condition rose 24 percent. The rise in hospitalizations was especially high among people older than age 65.

More women than men were hospitalized, but the gender difference is narrowing, the investigators found. Hospitals in the South had the highest percentage of atrial fibrillation admissions (38 percent), while those in the West had the lowest (14 percent).

In some good news, in-hospital deaths from atrial fibrillation declined. Death rates were highest among patients with heart failure (8 percent) and those older than 80 (2 percent), according to the study in the May 19 issue of Circulation.

Special: The Two Signs Your Heart Is In Trouble

The number of days patients were hospitalized did not change. However, the average inflation-adjusted cost of hospitalization rose from $6,410 to $8,439 per patient, the study showed.

Many patients had co-existing health problems, including high blood pressure (60 percent) and diabetes and lung disease (20 percent), the study authors noted. The percentage of patients who had kidney failure as a co-existing condition was about 12 percent in 2010, a fourfold increase from 2000.

"Atrial fibrillation is a disease in itself, but it also serves as a marker for the severity of other illnesses," study author Dr. Nileshkumar Patel, an internal medicine physician at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City, said in a journal news release.

He said the rise in hospitalizations for atrial fibrillation is likely due to people living longer and increasing rates of risk factors, such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and sleep apnea.

At least 2.7 million Americans had atrial fibrillation in 2010, according to the American Heart Association.

© HealthDay

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

One Part of Brain Doesn't Age, Researchers Say

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 16:29 PM

At least one part of an older person's brain can still process information as well as younger people, according to new r . . .

Eyelid Surgery Can Cure Migraines: Study

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 16:23 PM

Cosmetic eyelid surgery involving specific nerves may do more than improve your looks -- the procedure may also provide  . . .

Ebola 'Shadow Zones' Hide Disease: WHO

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 16:16 PM

The scale of the world's worst Ebola outbreak has been concealed by families hiding infected loved ones in their homes a . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved