Harvard Health Letter

Avoiding afib hospitalizations

Atrial fibrillation (afib) is an irregular, quivering heartbeat that is associated with older age. Hospitalizations from afib are expected to increase as the baby boomer population ages. Part of the increase in admissions reflects the fact that people with afib often have other chronic conditions. However, many people are admitted to the hospital with afib as the only complaint. For most of those people, if afib is treated properly, it doesn’t require a lot of hospitalization. 
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