Why Do Heart Disease and Stroke Matter to You?
The annual direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke in the United States is an estimated $312.6 billion.
This includes $192.1 billion in direct costs, such as the cost of physicians and other
professionals, hospital services, prescribed medication, and home health care, but not the cost of nursing home care; and $120.5 billion in indirect costs, such as lost future productivity attributed to premature CVD and stroke mortality in 2009.
Accounting for 15% of total health expenditures
in 2009, CVD cost more than any major diagnostic group.
- Go, Alan S. et al (2013). Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2013 Update: A Report from the American Heart Association. Circulation.127:e6-e245
Heart Disease and Stroke are the leading causes of death in Utah and in the nation. Together, they account for more deaths than the next three causes combined. Both of these diseases also account for a large number of disabilities. For companies that provide insurance to their employees, this translates into a lot of money towards heart disease and stroke care and a lot of lost time and wages for employees who suffer from these diseases or whose family members suffer from them. Employees with one or more risk factors for heart disease and stroke are much more costly to employers than those with no risk factors.
Leading Causes of Death, Utah, 2009-2011