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The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), through its efforts during Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month in September and throughout the year, is working to raise awareness of the increased prevalence of the disease and the associated risk of stroke in patients living with atrial fibrillation (AFib). HRS releases a new public service announcement (PSA) as part of its ongoing work to educate Americans about AFib, the most common heart arrhythmia, and how it increases one’s risk of stroke fivefold.
“Having an AFib-related stroke can severely impact the quality and duration of a person’s life. There are several prevention methods that can lower the risk of stroke for AFib patients like anticoagulants or blood thinners,” said John Day, MD, FHRS, President of the Heart Rhythm Society, and Director, Heart Rhythm Services at Intermountain Medical Center. “The Heart Rhythm Society encourages each person to learn more about AFib and its connection to stroke. Becoming aware of warning signs, risks and treatment options has the potential to save lives.”
AFib affects more than three million Americans and it is estimated that 12 to 16 million Americans will have AFib by 2050. AFib occurs when the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) fibrillate, or “quiver,” which causes a rapid, irregular heart rhythm. The normal heart rate for an adult is between 60 and 100 beats every minute. When the heart is experiencing AFib, the atria can beat over 300 times every minute.
For Further Information
More on the markets for cardiac rhythm management devices can be found in our upcoming report published by iData entitled US Markets for Cardiac Rhythm Management, which covers the U.S. as a whole, as well as market segments for pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy devices, cardiac lead, external defibrillators, cardiac ablation, diagnostic electrophysiology devices, and electro-cardiograph and cardiac monitoring devices.
The iData series on the market for cardiac rhythm devices also covers the U.S., and 15 countries in Europe. Full reports provide a comprehensive analysis including units sold, procedure numbers, market value, forecasts, as well as detailed competitive market shares and analysis of major players’ success strategies in each market and segment.
About the Heart Rhythm Society
The Heart Rhythm Society is the international leader in science, education, and advocacy for cardiac arrhythmia professionals and patients, and the primary information resource on heart rhythm disorders. Its mission is to improve the care of patients by promoting research, education, and optimal health care policies and standards. Incorporated in 1979 and based in Washington, DC, it has a membership of more than 5,800 heart rhythm professionals in more than 72 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.HRSonline.org.
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