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.”

The full story can be found on the American Heart Association’s web site.