Nearly Half of Americans Will Develop Pre-existing CVD Conditions
Washington, D.C., February 14, 2017 – A new study, released today by the American Heart Association, projects that by 2035, cardiovascular disease (CVD), the most costly and prevalent killer, if left unchecked, will place a crushing economic and health burden on the nation’s financial and health care systems. According to the study, in the next two decades, the number of Americans with CVD will rise to 131.2 million – 45 percent of the total U.S. population – with costs expected to reach $1.1 trillion.
“Our lawmakers should pay close attention to these projections as they deliberate changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the health care system,” said American Heart Association President Steven Houser, Ph.D., FAHA. “If we are to avert this looming crisis, we must maintain access to health care coverage by protecting the ban on pre-existing conditions and enabling everyone to take advantage of an important weapon against CVD – prevention. Most importantly, we must invest more funding from the National Institutes of Health in heart and stroke research so we can give Americans the treatments and cures they will desperately need in the coming years.”
The new projections are an update of those made by the association in 2011 that estimated around 100 million Americans would suffer from CVD by 2030. Unfortunately, that predication came true in 2015 – almost 15 years sooner than anticipated. That same year, the death rate from heart disease rose by 1 percent for the first time since 1969.