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SimpleScience@Heart: Heart failure or not, you’re paying for it

Published: 11:00 am CDT, April 24, 2013

Whether or not you have heart failure, you’ll still have to pay part of the tab for the increasing costs of the condition.

By 2030, you — and every U.S. taxpayer — could be paying $244 a year for direct and indirect costs to care for heart failure patients, according to the American Heart Association. Indirect costs affect everyone, not just heart failure patients.

The association projects:

  • Costs to treat heart failure could more than double from $31 billion in 2012 to $70 billion in 2030.
  • The number of people with heart failure could climb 46 percent from 5 million in 2012 to 8 million in 2030 as the U.S. population ages.

The key to curbing expenses is to prevent the condition — treating underlying risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, smoking and heart disease. Improving treatment, access to care for the poor and minorities and insurance coverage could also curtail costs.

 

 

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