Thursday, April 25, 2013

Costs to Treat Heart Failure to Double by 2030


. . .a cost every one of us will pay whether you suffer heart disease or not.

The relationship between living with day-to-day stress and heart disease is well established.  Now comes a statement from the American Heart Association's journal, Circulation, predicting that the cost of treatment could be as high as $244 per year by 2030, more than twice the current cost.

The Heart Association statement predicts:
  • The number of people with heart failure could climb 46 percent from 5 million in 2012 to 8 million in 2030.
  • Direct and indirect costs to treat heart failure could more than double from $31 billion in 2012 to $70 billion in 2030.
Heart failure is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the heart has been weakened from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other underlying conditions, and can no longer pump enough oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood throughout the body.  

Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization for Americans over age 65, and research results from around the globe show that enduring high levels of stress in early adulthood leads to heart problems later in life.

"If we don't improve or reduce the incidence of heart failure by preventing and treating the underlying conditions, there will be a large monetary and health burden on the country," said Paul A. Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and director of the Chronic Heart Failure Quality Enhancement Research Initiative at the VA Health Care System in Palo Alto, Calif.

"The costs will be paid for by every adult in this country, not just every adult with heart failure.   Research Awareness of risk factors and adequately treating them is the greatest need," Heidenreich said.

"Heart failure is a disease of the elderly," Heidenreich said. "Because our population is aging, it will become more common and the cost to treat heart failure will become a significant burden to the United States over the next 20 years unless something is done to reduce the age-specific incidence."

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Co-authors of the statement are: Nancy M. Albert, Ph.D., R.N.; Larry A. Allen, M.D., M.H.S.; David A. Bluemke, M.D., Ph.D.; Javed Butler, M.D., M.P.H.; Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D.: John S. Ikonomidis, M.D., Ph.D.; Olga Khavjou, M.A.; Marvin A. Konstam, M.D.; Thomas M. Maddox, M.D., M.Sc.; Graham Nichol, M.D., M.P.H.; Michael Pham, M.D., M.P.H.; Ileana L. Piña, M.D., M.P.H.; and Justin G. Trogdon, Ph.D. 


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