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

Thorpe, Kenneth E., Curtis S. Florence, David H. Howard, and Peter Joski. 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, Kenneth E., Curtis S. Florence, David H. Howard, and Peter Joski
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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