In a recently study released, the cost of treating heart disease will increase by $545B over the next 20 years. The findings were released in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Researchers found that the current annual cost of $273B will rise to $818B by 2030. The silver lining in the findings is that a substantial portion of the cost increase is related to unhealthy behaviors, which can be corrected.
“Unhealthy behaviors and unhealthy environments have contributed to a tidal wave of risk factors among many Americans,” said Nancy Brown, American Heart Association CEO. “Early intervention and evidence-based public policies are absolute musts to significantly reduce alarming rates of obesity, hypertension, tobacco use and cholesterol levels.”