Silver Book Fact

Heart disease is the #1 most costly medical condition in the U.S. Hypertension is #5 and cerebrovascular disease is #7.

Thorpe K, Florence C, Howard D, Joski P. The Impact of Obesity on Rising Medical Spending. Health Aff. 2004; http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/full/hlthaff.w4.480/DC1

Reference

Title
The Impact of Obesity on Rising Medical Spending
Publication
Health Aff
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Thorpe K, Florence C, Howard D, Joski P
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

Related Facts

  • Heart disease, stroke, and hypertension are among the 15 leading causes of disability in the U.S.  
  • In-hospital deaths caused by venous thromboembolism
    The number of in-hospital deaths that are caused by venous thromboembolism is more than five times the number of deaths caused by all hospital-acquired infections.  
  • “Cardiovascular disease is the most costly disease in the United States.”  
  • Among Americans 45-64 years of age, heart and circulatory conditions were the second-leading cause of activity limitation.  
  • Annual AFib care
    Each year AFib leads to around 350,000 hospitalizations, 5 million office visits, 276,000 emergency department visits, and 234,000 hospital outpatient department visits.