Friday, February 4, 2011

Staggering Numbers Projected for Cardiovascular Disease

WOW.  Can I say Wow again?  I just read some very unsettling predictions for the prevalence and future costs of Cardiovascular Disease here in the US.

An individual with Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) can be affected by having one or more forms of CVD.  He or she may have Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Coronary Heart Disease (narrowing of the arteries that feed the heart with blood), Stroke and/or Heart Failure.  Individuals with CVD require long-term treatment medical management and sometimes surgical management to live with the disease.  Depending on the severity of the CVD, individuals may live a somewhat normal life ranging all the way to a severely debilitated life.

According to the American Heart Association, from 1996 to 2006, death rates from CVD declined 29.2 percent.  In looking at this past statistic, it is evident that death rates associated with CVD are decreasing, yet more people are being diagnosed with CVD.  Since treatment of CVD is life-long and ongoing, it's no wonder the costs of treatment are going to go up with these current trends especially taking into account the aging baby boomer population.

The American Heart Association is projecting the following:
  • By 2030, 40.5% of the US population is projected to have some form of CVD.
  • Between 2010 and 2030, real total direct medical costs of CVD are projected to triple, from $272.5 billion to $818.1 billion.
These numbers are staggering.  The time is now to take control of your health and wellness.  Please take the time to learn about the causes and prevention strategies you can implement to decrease your chances of being affected by Cardiovascular Disease.  Take action now to prevent becoming the 2 out of 5 to have CVD and those projected to spend $818.1 billion on medical care.  Steps for prevention and health improvement today will help promote quality of life tomorrow.

Yours in health,
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