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Medical News & Perspectives
November 20, 2013

Costs of Cardiac Care Likely to Increase, Despite Advances in Prevention, Care

JAMA. 2013;310(19):2029. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282805

A projected increase in the number of individuals in the United States living with cardiovascular disease will drive up the cost of care and reduce quality of life, according to an analysis published in Health Affairs.

Improvements in the care for patients with cardiovascular disease and efforts to prevent it, such as by reducing smoking rates, have drastically reduced the rate of US cardiovascular deaths, from 517 per 100 000 in 1981 to 244 per 100 000 in 2008. But the number of individuals living with cardiovascular disease in the United States is likely to expand despite prevention efforts, in part because of longer life spans for patients with cardiovascular disease (due to improved treatment), growing rates of obesity, and a large cohort of aging individuals, predict the study’s authors (Pandya A et al. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013:32[10];1706-1714).