The Cost of Heart Disease: Why Reducing Risk Matters

Medical costs are consistently rising, and for the current generation of workers, adding extra expenses to their existing living costs is unrealistic. Our current workers are known for living paycheck to paycheck as the cost of living increases, including healthcare costs. They will not be able to afford the cost of medical expenses if they experience a major medical issue such as heart disease. 

 

We should always be encouraging our patients to live healthy lifestyles by making choices that support their bodies to work the best they can, but it’s become even more important as the reality of medical costs is unattainable for our current generation of workers. 

 

If we encourage our patients to choose healthy lifestyle choices and use proactive diagnostic tests for early detection of issues, then together we can reduce the cost of heart disease care to the system and to individuals. 

 

The Cost of Heart Disease 

We all know that good healthcare services are expensive but have you looked at the actual numbers? Let’s review the findings from a study published by the International Journal of Cardiology to see how much it costs patients with heart disease to be treated, and the overall cost to our healthcare system.

 

The study conducted by the International Journal of Cardiology reported that the 2,645,336 patients with primary heart failure in the report were charged an overall cost of $13,807. For patients with 30-day readmission, they were charged $15,618. And for patients without readmission, costs were $11,845. 

 

The three primary factors that increase the cost for heart disease patients include having more than one disease present, invasive procedures, and readmissions to treat the heart disease or related symptoms.

 

Comorbidities Increase the Cost of Heart Disease

Patients that have heart disease often have more health issues which increase the cost of their healthcare treatment because of the additional services. According to the study, diseases that are related to the increased cost are pulmonary circulatory disorder, valvular heart disease, and bleeding. 

 

Invasive Procedures to Treat Heart Disease

Heart disease can be tricky to control and result in an invasive procedure. The study reports that 12.6% of hospitalized patients underwent an invasive diagnostic procedure or treatment. 

 

The mean cost for these patients was $10,995 and increased up to $293,575 for patients that needed circulatory support, intra-aortic balloon pump, LV assist device, or heart transplants. 

 

These services are astronomical, and most patients cannot afford to pay for these treatments out of pocket. Health concerns already cause additional stress to patients as they navigate doctor visits, and a new way of living and the cost of treating the diseases is exacerbating the issue.

 

Readmissions to Treat Additional Issues

Heart disease isn’t a singular issue. Depending on the patient’s lifestyle choices and the severity of the disease, patients can be readmitted for other symptoms. Unfortunately, the possibility of readmission is likely when it comes to patients with heart disease.

 

The cost of treating patients for heart disease is clear, and if we don’t start advocating for reducing the risk of heart disease in our patients, these costs will continue to haunt our patients and the entire healthcare system. We must provide support, resources, and early detection tests. 

 

Let’s look at how we can practically begin to reduce the risk of heart disease in our patients.

 

Reduce the Cost of Heart Disease by Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease

Instead of focusing so heavily on treating heart disease, let’s focus on preventing heart disease in patients. We want people to live a long healthy life, and we can help them attain it by providing resources on making healthy lifestyle choices and early detection diagnostic testing. 

 

Detailed lifestyle change recommendations include:

 

  • Not smoking
  • Exercising for 30-60 minutes to increase heart rate
  • Eating a heart-healthy diet
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Managing stress
  • Getting regular health screenings 

 

There are many practical ways we can work with our patients to reduce their risk of heart disease. This will help them live an overall healthier lifestyle, reduce their future costs of diabetes treatment, and slowly reduce the cost of diabetes pushed onto our healthcare system.

 

Reduce Heart Disease by Partnering with Vasolabs

At Vasolabs we are dedicated to helping physicians save lives by reducing the risk of heart disease and heart failure through early detection. We know that if we can increase the use of diagnostic testing to detect early warning signs of heart disease, then we can begin to eliminate the need for high-cost treatment of heart disease. 

 

Our company is set apart from the rest because we employ industry-leading measurement techniques and processes. We only work with highly trained sonographers so that we can provide the best testing available to physicians. 

 

Vasolabs knows that the more your patients know, the more they can take control of their situation and improve their heart health for the better. We provide the tools you need for quick and accurate diagnosis for your patients. 

 

Let’s be part of the solution and prioritize proactively addressing the risk of acute heart conditions. Let’s help our patients avoid the trouble and instead choose a healthy lifestyle right now. 

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