Currently, 36.9 percent of Americans are impacted by some form of heart disease, including heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, coronary heart disease and other conditions. Cardiovascular disease is responsible for 17% of U.S. health expenditures and is the leading cause of death.
According to new projections from the American Heart Association, the cost to treating heart disease in the United States will triple by 2010. This $545 billion predicted increase – from $273 billion to $818 billion – is partially due to an aging population. The full policy statement by the AHA’s expert panel, published in Circulation, makes a strong case for implementing effective prevention strategies to reduce the tremendous health burden that heart disease is already placing on the U.S. healthcare system.
Citing: Philips Lifeline, Connections, Spring 2011
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