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How common is occasional atrial fibrillation?

Occasional atrial fibrillation affects millions of people. In fact, in 2010, more than 2.6 million people will have the condition. A common form of arrhythmia, or problem with heart rate and rhythm, atrial fibrillation affects more men than women and almost 10 percent of the population over the age of 80 years. In this country in 2005, it cost $6.65 billion to treat people with atrial fibrillation. In the past 20 years, the death rate from atrial fibrillation has been increasing.

Joan Haizlip, MSN
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
According to the American Heart Association, occasional atrial fibrillation affects millions of people.  It is more common than other atrial arrhythmias like atrial tachycardia or atrial flutter. 

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