Heart failure impacts the USA

Heart failure will hospitalize more older Americans than any other medical condition!

According to a recent AHA policy statement, heart failure is an important contributor to both the burden and cost of national healthcare expenditures, with more older Americans hospitalized for heart failure than for any other medical condition.

Image of USA dollars going to heart failure

  • By 2030, over 8 million people in the United States (1 in every 33) will have hear failure.
  • Between 2012 and 2030, real (2010$) total direct medical costs are projected to increase from $21 billion to $53 billion.
  • Total costs, including indirect costs, are estimated to increase from $31 billion in 2012 to $70 billion in 2030.
  • If one assumes all costs of cardiac care for patients are attributable to heart failure (no cost attribution to comorbid conditions), the 2030 projected cost estimates of treating patients will be 3-fold higher ($160 billion in direct costs).

The estimated prevalence and cost of care for heart failure will increase markedly because of aging of the population. Strategies to prevent heart failure and improve the efficiency of care are needed.

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