Let’s face it, a lot of people take their health for granted, some going as far as to refuse doctors’ orders in favor of home remedies or the claims that they know their own bodies better than anyone ever could. While this may be true, not paying close attention to your health could lead to serious harm and incredibly high costs.
For example, did you know that Americans suffer 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes per year? The combined health care costs and loss of productivity following these major events come up to $320 billion annually.
If you want to steer clear of being part of that figure, it’s time to think long and hard about your health.
Unconvinced? Today we’re going to outline 11 ways in which an unhealthy heart can cost you money, so strap in!
Direct Medical Costs
According to the American Heart Association, between 2015 and 2018, 127 million Americans suffered from some form of cardiovascular disease. The direct costs of these conditions came up to $216 billion. In just a single year, 868,662 people lost their lives.
Furthermore, between 2014 and 2015, strokes and cardiovascular diseases accounted for 13% of total health expenditures, but if you think those numbers are falling, think again. In fact, experts estimate that by 2035, we’ll pay around $749 billion in direct medical costs related to cardiovascular disease.