Length of stay and cost of care associated with admissions for atrial fibrillation among patients with cancer

Avirup Guha, Anubhav Jain, Ankita Aggarwal, Amit K. Dey, Sourbha Dani, Sarju Ganatra, Francis E. Marchlinski, Daniel Addison, Michael G. Fradley

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Background: The aim of this study is to assess the burden of AF-related hospitalizations inclusive of inflation-adjusted cost-of-care and length-of-stay (LOS) among cancer patients and the impact of direct current cardioversion (DCCV) on these outcomes. Methods: Using the National Inpatient Sample (NIS), patients hospitalized with either a primary or secondary diagnosis of AF and comorbid cancer were identified and both cost of hospitalization and LOS were evaluated for each group. Subgroup analyses were performed for specific cancer types (breast, lung, colon, prostate and lymphoma), and those receiving DCCV. Results: The prevalence of co-morbid AF was 8.2 million (16%) and 35.5 million (10%) among those with vs. those without cancer, respectively (odds ratio = 1.6, 95% confidence interval = 1.5–1.7; P < 0.001). Over time, both primary and prevalent AF admissions among those with comorbid cancer increased from 1.1% and 12.3% in 2003 to 1.5% and 21% in 2015, respectively. The total cost of hospitalization increased 94.4% among those with AF and comorbid cancer compared to 23.9% among those without cancer. Among the subgroup of patients with comorbid cancer and primary admission for AF undergoing DCCV, length of stay (2.7 vs. 2.2 days; P < 0.001, model 1) and cost of care ($7,093 vs. 6,152; P < 0.001) were both significantly higher. Conclusions: AF related admissions are increasing for all populations especially amongst those patients with a comorbid diagnosis of cancer, including all cancer subtypes evaluated. Among those patients who underwent DCCV, cancer patients had longer length of stay and increased health care costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number272
JournalBMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cancer
  • Cardio-oncology
  • Cardioversion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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