The American Heart Association dedicates each February to American Heart Month — a national observance established to raise awareness about heart disease and how it can be prevented. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.1 Approximately 610,000 Americans die each year from heart disease, which accounts for one in every four deaths.2
While heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death among adult Americans, it can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.3 Not only can prevention of heart disease help save lives, but it can also save on high medical expenses associated with treatment of the disease.4
The monetary cost of heart disease
Every year, about one in every six U.S. health care dollars are spent on cardiovascular disease.4 Direct and indirect annual costs of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. has been estimated to cost more than $316.1 billion.5 This figure includes $189.7 billion in expenses related to medical treatment costs and $126.4 billion in lost future productivity attributed to premature cardiovascular disease mortality.6 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, direct medical costs of cardiovascular disease are expected to rise to more than $818 billion by 2030, while lost productivity costs could exceed $275 billion.4
To help improve worker productivity and lower health care costs related to heart disease, the CDC suggests that employers offer workplace health promotion programs that encourage:
- blood pressure control;
- cholesterol management;
- tobacco cessation;
- good nutrition;
- physical activity.7
Our wellness programs can help support you and your population
AmeriHealth Administrators’ health and wellness programs can help your bottom-line by promoting positive behavioral changes through education and awareness. Our people, tools, and educational resources can help you support optimal health for your population.
Connect with an AmeriHealth Administrators representative or your broker to find out how better health awareness and education can lead to a better bottom-line.
1 “February is Heart Health Month”; The Heart Foundation. Accessed: January 30, 2017,
2 “Heart Disease Facts”; CDC. Updated: August 10, 2015, www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm
3 “American Heart Month”; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Updated: February 1, 2017, healthfinder.gov/nho/FebruaryToolkit.aspx
4 “Heart Disease and Stroke Cost America Nearly $1 Billion a Day in Medical Costs, Lost Productivity”; CDC Foundation. Published: April 29, 2015, www.cdcfoundation.org/pr/2015/heart-disease-and-stroke-cost-america-nearly-1-billion-day-medical-costs-lost-productivity
5 “Heart Disease, Stroke and Research Statistics At-a-Glance”; American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Published: December 16, 2015, www.heart.org/idc/groups/ahamah-public/@wcm/@sop/@smd/documents/downloadable/ucm_480086.pdf
6 “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2017 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association”; American Heart Association, Inc.
Published: January 25, 2017, circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/01/25/CIR.0000000000000485/tab-article-info
7 “Heart Health: Protecting America’s workforce, preventing cardiovascular disease”; CDC Foundation. Published: April 29, 2015, http://www.cdcfoundation.org/businesspulse/heart-health-infographic