Cholesterol Education Month is dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of high cholesterol levels.1 Nearly 2 out of 3 adults with high cholesterol do not have their condition under control, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).2
High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke — two leading causes of death in the United States. Every 40 seconds, an American adult dies from a heart attack, stroke, or related vascular disease, according to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.3
Nearly 800,000 Americans die each year from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, accounting for one in every three deaths. Annually, about one in every six U.S. health care dollars is spent on cardiovascular disease. By 2030, annual direct medical costs associated with cardiovascular diseases are projected to rise to more than $818 billion, while lost productivity costs could exceed $275 billion.4
AmeriHealth Administrators offers outreach, education, and support to help plan members achieve and maintain optimal health and help to lower costs. Contact an AmeriHealth Administrators representative or your broker to find out about resources we can offer to help support your population’s health and well-being.
1 “September is National Cholesterol Education Month,” September 3, 2013, http://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/cholesterol_education_month.htm, accessed on August 15, 2016.
2 “Vital Signs: High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol,” March 13, 2014, www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/vital_signs_hbpc.htm, accessed on August 15, 2016.
3 Campbell, Holly, “Costs and Consequences of Not Treating High Cholesterol,” March 20, 2015, catalyst.phrma.org/costs-and-consequences-of-not-treating-high-cholesterol, accessed on August 15, 2016.
4 CDC Foundation,“Heart Disease And Stroke Cost America Nearly $1 Billion A Day In Medical Costs, Lost Productivity” April 29, 2015, www.cdcfoundation.org/pr/2015/heart-disease-and-stroke-cost-america-nearly-1-billion-day-medical-costs-lost-productivity, accessed on August 17, 2016.