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Cost of heart disease expected to triple by 2030

January 25, 2011 / Uncategorized

A new study from a panel at the American Heart Association predicts that over the next thirty years the cost of treating heart disease in the United States will triple. The survey panel made its estimation based on current rate of disease and Census data adjusted for anticipated shifts in age and race.

Currently, almost 37% of Americans have some type of heart disease, including high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke or other conditions. By 2030, the panel expects that rate to increase to more than 40 percent, or 116 million Americans. Heart disease costs the national healthcare system about $273 billion a year. The American Heart Association panel estimates that number will jump to $818 billion by 2030.

This study does not take into account any advancements the medical community may make to treat heart disease, or a shift in the trend.  Most heart disease is preventable and can be controlled with diet and exercise, and this study shows us the consequences if we don’t make strides towards preventing heart disease by adopting an active lifestyle.  By making changes now and making health a priority we could save billions down the road.

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