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Study: Aging in U.S. Expected to Increase Heart-Related Health Costs

admin - June 28, 2013

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Recent research reveals that healthcare costs associated with heart problems are expected to increase dramatically. Specific findings show that the costs linked with heart failure among Americans is expected to more than double by the year 2030.

Numbers associated with these findings reveal that Americans with heart failure will go from 5 million in 2012 to 8 million by 2030. The cost of treating such a high number of Americans with heart failure is expected to rise from $21 billion to $53 billion over the same time period.

Because the number of people predicted to develop heart failure is expected to increase so dramatically, the rise in healthcare costs to provide treatment for these patients is inevitable. This is because as the population ages, treatments are helping patients with heart failure live longer.

This increase is just one example of the added pressure on the nation’s $2.5 trillion healthcare system. Americans are aging every day and more than 77 million baby boomers are currently at or above the age of 65.

Heart failure is a serious condition that often stems from other cardiovascular problems, like hypertension or coronary artery disease. It can cause the heart to work harder, become stressed, and eventually stop working properly. The condition usually includes warning signs of fatigue, trouble breathing and more.

Heart Failure Prevention

While heart failure is a major problem in the United States, early prevention and awareness can help bring the number of affected Americans down. Lowering major risk factors for the conditions that lead to heart failure is a smart way to try to prevent dangerous heart problems from ever developing.

“If we had an environment where people focused more on their health at earlier stages in their life, their risk of heart failure later in life would be lessened dramatically,” said Nancy Brown, AHA’s Chief Executive, in a Reuters article.

After a person has been diagnosed with heart failure, they are usually required to change their diet, take medications, and undergo surgery for an implantable pacemaker or defibrillator device.

Taking care of your heart now, rather than later, is the best option to take for early prevention. Making an effort to keep your heart strong through a healthy diet, regular physical activity, not smoking, and keeping an eye on blood pressure and cholesterol can benefit your heart in significant measures. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Take action now. Learn more about heart disease screenings that can identify your risk today.

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