A new report has indicated that treating heart disease could cost the US $1 trillion per year. Heart disease cases increase at a fast pace in the United States. A report developed by the American Heart Association showed that America’s costs in treating this type of illnesses might double from $555 billion last year to approximately $1.1 trillion until 2035.
- A new report developed by American Heart Association has revealed disappointing news.
- Heart disease costs in the US may increase from %555 billion to %1.1. trillion by 2035.
- Apparently, 45% of the total population may develop at least one heart-related problem.
Steven Houser, the president of American Heart Association, claimed that their projection might suggest that cardiovascular illness is affecting more and more people, being able to bankrupt the economy of the nation together with the health care system. Houser is also an associate dean research at Temple University in Philadelphia.
The American Heart Association pointed out that by 2035, approximately 45% of the total number of US citizens, meaning 131 million people, will develop at least one heart health problem. Specialists have suggested that heart diseases are spreading faster compared to what they had previously thought. In 2011, it was the last time when AHA performed such measurements and estimated that by 2030 almost 40% of the Unites States would suffer from some type of heart disease.
Houser claimed that the estimations previously made were not accurate because they reached the benchmark back in 2015, namely 15 years sooner than they thought. In 2015, approximately 41.5 % of the population of the United States experienced at least one heart-related issue. The report called Cardiovascular Disease: A Costly Burden for America revealed significant data which helped other specialists and healthcare providers to figure out what they need to confront.
The previous projections revealed by AHA underrated the impact provided by the continuous obesity epidemic in America on the heart health of the entire population of the US. Type 2 diabetes and increasing obesity rates in younger adults had a significant impact, bigger than researchers had previously anticipated.
The baby boom generation which is now aging is also a key factor in the proposed increase in the rates of heart disease. At the age of 24, an individual’s risk of developing a heart disease is about 20%. Nevertheless, the report indicated that by the age of 45, the same person develops a higher risk, reaching to a 50% risk of heart issues.
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