More than half of Americans have heart disease and another third have high blood pressure, and a new report shows the cost of heart disease is on the rise.
Health care costs for Americans are soaring as more people are diagnosed and treated for heart attacks and strokes, according to a new study from Next Big Technologies, which analyzed data from more than 1.6 million Americans.
“If you’re older, you’re more likely to have a heart attack, and if you have hypertension, your heart rate may be higher than usual,” said Matthew Rabinowitz, a senior software engineer with Next Big.
“The impact of these conditions on your heart and the health of your family and the overall economy are very large.”
The report, which was released Friday, found the cost to pay for health care for Americans rose about 14 percent over the past five years, while the average annual income for Americans increased about 10 percent, and for women the income rose by 12 percent.
The costs of heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressures are increasing because the number of people living with them has risen.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in July that the average number of heart attack deaths increased by 22 percent over that time, from 7,977 in 2006 to 11,849 in 2016.
Heart disease has been steadily increasing over the last 30 years.
Since 1995, the number has quadrupled, reaching nearly 3 million in 2010.
But the costs of treatment for heart diseases have risen at the same time the number is increasing.
The cost of treating someone with a heart condition that kills them has more than doubled over the same period, according.
In 2017, the average cost of a treatment for a person with a first heart attack or stroke was $11,972, according the report.
But a second heart attack would cost about $9,000, a third would cost $11.50, and the fourth would cost an average of $18,852.
The cost of care for someone with high blood or blood pressure is increasing even faster.
The average cost for treating someone who has high blood, or high pressure, is $4,600 a year, compared to an average annual cost of $2,400 a year for someone who doesn’t have high pressure.
This year, more than half the cost is for heart surgery, according To Health, a healthcare provider that tracks medical bills.
But people are having more heart attacks.
More than 6,500 people died in 2016 from heart disease; the majority of them were between the ages of 55 and 64, the report said.
Heart disease costs have grown about 12 percent over a five-year period.
One in three Americans has a family member or friend with high cholesterol, a condition that increases the risk of heart problems, and about two in five people with high pressure have symptoms of it.
The report found that the biggest increases were in the costs for people with diabetes, which rose 15 percent over five years and that for people over 65, the price increase was about 12.5 percent.
For people with heart disease who have hypertension or high blood cholesterol, the costs are up 9 percent over time.
People who have heart problems have more severe problems than people with other conditions, the researchers said.
As a result, the people with the highest costs are the ones who are least likely to seek treatment, and they also have the lowest income.
“When the cost increases, people with these conditions may have to spend more on care, and that costs money,” Rabinowitz said.