Is atrial fibrillation (A Fib) a common problem?

Premier Health’s Dr. Mark Krebs talks about atrial fibrillation (A Fib), a common heart arrhythmia in the US and worldwide. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


According to the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), atrial fibrillation (A Fib) is “the most common sustained heart rhythm disorder.” A Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study, published in the American Heart Association journal—Circulation—reported that 33.5 million people around the world have (diagnosed) atrial fibrillation. In the United States,

  • 3 million people have (diagnosed) atrial fibrillation (as of 2005)
  • 8 million people are estimated to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation by 2050

The National Center for Biotechnology Information lists a growing aging population and better diagnostic tools as the main reasons for the expected increase of atrial fibrillation in the American population.

Speak to your health care provider to learn more about the prevalence of atrial fibrillation.

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