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Heart failure patients, costs projected to rise

April 24, 2013

Direct and indirect costs to treat heart failure could more than double in the U.S. by 2030, to $70 billion, according to an American Heart Association policy statement published online today in the journal Circulation. The statement predicts the number of Americans with heart failure could climb 46% by then, to 8 million people, fueled by an aging population and increase in the number of people with conditions such as ischemic heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. “If we don’t improve or reduce the incidence of heart failure by preventing and treating the underlying conditions, there will be a large monetary and health burden on the country,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and director of the Chronic Heart Failure Quality Enhancement Research Initiative at the VA Health Care System in Palo Alto, CA.