April 25—Heart failure costs are projected to more than double in the next 20 years as the U.S. population ages and the incidence of the condition climbs, according to an American Heart Association policy statement.

The statement predicts that direct and indirect costs to treat heart failure could more than double from $31 billion in 2012 to $70 billion in 2030. Strategies to prevent and treat heart failure are needed to curb the rise in the incidence of heart failure, which is the leading cause of hospitalization for Americans over age 65, according to the association. 

Treating patients using existing guidelines, improving care transitions, adequately training the healthcare workforce, and reducing disparities in the health outcomes of specific populations can lessen the burdens of heart failure, the association says.

Publication Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013