• Heart disease will cost US healthcare $1.1 trillion a year by 2035, new report says
  • It also estimates 45 percent of Americans will have heart-related health issues
  • Heart disease is the number one killer of both American men and women 
  • Rise of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and aging population, have all contributed

Mary Kekatos For Dailymail.com



Heart disease is on course to ‘bankrupt’ the US economy by 2035, a shocking new report claims. 

Costs are expected to hit a whopping $1.1 trillion annually within 18 years – more than double the current cost of $555 billion, said the report from the American Heart Association (AHA).

The AHA also projected that by 2035 an estimated 45 percent of the US – about 131 million people – will have at least one health problem related to heart disease.

That’s nearly one in every two Americans.

‘Our new projections indicate cardiovascular disease is on a course that could bankrupt our nation’s economy and health care system,’ said AHA President Steven Houser. 

A new report from the American Heart Association estimates that heart disease will cost the US $1 trillion a year by 2035

Heart disease is spreading much quicker than previously estimated. About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the US every year – that’s one in every four deaths.

It is currently the leading killer of both men and women.

The AHA’s original calculations in 2011 had suggested that 40 percent of people in the US would have some form of heart disease by 2030. 

Houser said: ‘We were incorrect. We reached that benchmark in 2015 – almost 15 years sooner than we anticipated.’

In 2015, about 41.5 percent of the US had at least one heart-related health problem. This included congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease and stroke.

Contributing to the rise are surging rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes, particularly in younger people.

Another contributing factor to the increase in heart disease rates, according the report, is the aging of the baby boomer generation.  

Heart disease costs are expected to more than double among those aged 65 to 79, the report found.

The new study projects that by 2035:

  • More than 123 million Americans will have high blood pressure
  • 24 million will have coronary heart disease
  • More than 11 million will have had a stroke
  • Almost nine million will have congestive heart failure
  • More than seven million will have atrial fibrillation, a dangerous heart rhythm disorder

Houser said: ‘The burden of cardiovascular disease is growing faster than our ability to combat it, and our new report indicates it could get much worse in the coming years.’  

Copies of the report will be distributed to policy makers in Congress as they contemplate the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, he added.

‘As this report shows, we have and will continue to have significant numbers of Americans with pre-existing cardiovascular disease conditions,’ Houser said.

‘Prohibitions on pre-existing conditions are critical for anyone who has cardiovascular disease, and they must be maintained, in our view.’


About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the US every year – that’s one in every four deaths.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually.

In the US, someone has a heart attack every 42 seconds, and each minute someone dies from a heart disease-related event.

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are key heart disease risk factors for heart disease. Almost half of Americans – 49 percent – have at least one of these three risk factors.

Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including: 

  • Diabetes
  • Overweight and obesity 
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use 

In 2015, about 41.5 percent of people in the US had a heart-related health problem.

A report from the American Heart Association predicts that by 2035, 45 percent of Americans will have such a problem.

The report also suggests heart disease will cost US healthcare $1.1 trillion a year by 2035, double from $555 billion.

Source: CDC

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