Cardiovascular Disease: A Costly Burden for America

Updated:Feb 14,2017
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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been the leading killer of Americans for decades. In years past, a heart attack or stroke almost certainly resulted in death. But advances in biomedical research, improved emergency response systems and treatment and prevention efforts have helped Americans fight back against CVD. Sadly, this remarkable progress has stalled.

The burden of cardiovascular disease is now growing faster than our ability to combat it.

In addition, CVD has become our nation’s costliest chronic disease. In 2014, stroke and heart failure were the most expensive chronic conditions in the Medicare fee-for-service program. Expenses associated with CVD are expected to soar in the coming years and surpass medical cost estimates for other chronic diseases, such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Based on prevalence, death rates, disability and cost, CVD will continue to be the most burdensome disease Americans will face in the next decades.

Given these developments, it is hard to understand why federal research funding levels for heart and stroke research are not commensurate with the number of Americans afflicted with CVD and the toll it exacts upon the public. We believe this must change and change dramatically. The stakes are too high.

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