The Cost of a Heart Attack Will Give You One

Posted by Ann Marie Gardner

Medical News Today published a statement from Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, indicating that the cost of cardiovascular care is set to triple by 2030. MNT reports:

Currently, 1 in 3 Americans (36.9 percent) have some form of heart disease, including high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke and other conditions. By 2030, approximately 116 million people in the United States (40.5 percent) will have some form of cardiovascular disease, the panel said. The largest increases are anticipated in stroke (up 24.9 percent) and heart failure (up 25 percent). 

Between 2010-30, the cost of medical care for heart disease (in 2008 dollar values) will rise from $273 billion to $818 billion, the authors predicted.

One moral of this story is that preventing heart disease in the first place makes a lot of sense. Maybe it's time to try that standing desk.