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Hospitalizations for Atrial Fibrillation Have Dramatically Increased

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Atrial fibrillation is a heart rhythm disorder that increases the risk of cardiovascular complications, such as stroke. The American Heart Association reports that about 2.7 million people had the condition in 2010. A new study found that there was a dramatic increase in the number of hospitalizations for this condition between 2001 and 2010.

During that period of time, there was a 23 percent increase in hospitalizations for a total of close to four million people hospitalized during that time. Those most affected were women, and individuals older than 65 saw the greatest rise in hospitalizations. Location also played a role, with the most hospitalizations occurring in the South (38 percent). Just 14 percent of them occurred in the West.

Despite this increase, the number of hospital deaths dropped. The highest death rates affected patients older than 80 and those with heart failure. In fact, it’s not uncommon for someone with atrial fibrillation to suffer from other medical ailments as well. Researchers found that 60 percent also had high blood pressure and 20 percent had lung disease or diabetes. Kidney failure as a co-morbidity of atrial fibrillation increased fourfold from 2000 to 2010, affecting about 12 percent of patients.

The rise in risk factor rates for the disease may be partly to blame for the growing number of hospitalizations. Those with conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure are more at risk of developing atrial fibrillation. But it’s also suggested that people living longer is another contributing factor.

When this disease becomes severe and it prevents someone from working, he/she may qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits. But there is specific criteria the individual has to meet. And sometimes there are challenges in proving eligibility. a representative from Disability Help Group may be able to help by assembling the necessary evidence. We can also assist those who received a denial letter. Contact us at 1-(800)-800-3332.