Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans, and stroke is No. 5. That’s taken separately. Together, they belong in the larger group of deadly cardiovascular diseases.
The burden related to treating cardiovascular diseases is growing faster than our ability to combat it due to increases in major risk factors for heart disease and stroke: the obesity epidemic, poor diet, high blood pressure and a dramatic rise in Type 2 diabetes....and it's costing us big time!
Here’s an alarming statistic from the AHA’s new report:
- In 2016, cardiovascular disease cost the U.S. $555 billion.
- By 2035, the cost is projected to be $1.1 trillion.