The cost of heart disease treatment

The cost of heart disease treatment may triple in the next two decades

The cost of heart disease treatment is expected to triple by the year 2030. Over the next 15 years, experts predict the overall cost of treatment will increase to $545 billion thanks to the aging baby boom population.

Despite much advancement in the field of heart disease during the past 50 years, the same cannot be said for the next twenty. Leading researchers say do not expect medical breakthroughs on the same scale as the past years.  In other words, more people are getting older and developing heart disease and technology cannot keep up.

According to the numbers, more than 40% of all Americans or 116 million people will have heart disease in 2030.  The biggest increases will be stroke at an estimated 24.9% and heart failure at an estimated 25%.

The only way to combat this prediction is to prevent as much heart disease as possible, right now. A panel of experts suggested that the U.S. healthcare system should focus their resources on prevention and early intervention on risk factors for heart disease. Fighting heart disease today is much cheaper than paying the price in the future.

Tips to Lower Cholesterol

High cholesterol has been a constant challenge in America. Even if your doctor prescribes drugs to lower your cholesterol, that alone isn’t enough. To lower your cholesterol, you have to change your entire lifestyle and diet. Sounds like a tough solution. Luckily, here are 3 tips to help you along.
  1. Eat heart-healthy foods – Be sure to eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetable everyday. Not only do they contain antioxidants to boost health, but they also curb appetite. A two-for-one benefit is a surefire way to get that cholesterol down.
  2. Fish – They are low in saturated fat and high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help lower a type of fat in the blood, lower cholesterol, and slow the growth of plaque in arteries. So be sure get your double dose of fish a week.
  3. Work out without exercise – The word exercise can scare many people. So instead of exercise, try some physical activities that really get the heart going. Gardening, dancing, even chores can be really good for the heart.

There are plenty of other tips out there. If you know any, comment on this post, and if you have a stress-related position, you may want to think about a career change. Take our career quiz to see what career might be your ticket.

Lowering Blood-pressure in Older Women May Reduce Heart Disease Risk

Researchers have found high systolic blood pressure in middle-aged women is a large risk factor in developing heart disease. They also claim reducing high blood pressure in older women can help them reduce the risk of heart disease.

Three risk factors make up 85% of reversible risk for heart disease in women and men. They are high systolic blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. Systolic blood pressure is said to be the most important one. So by reducing high systolic blood pressure early on, it may help prevent heart disease later on. The study also states women all over the world could benefit from these findings.

The study looked at people from 11 different countries throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. 9,257 adults (average age 57, 47% women) were studied for 11 years.  Researchers analyzed individuals for absolute and relative risk for cardiovascular disease associated with systolic blood pressure. What they found out is that older women with high systolic blood pressure were at a greater risk for heart disease.

What this means for physicians and healthcare professionals everywhere are that they need to be more aggressive in their detection, treatment, and prevention of high systolic blood pressure in women everywhere.header-paypal-edu