MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In today’s Health Watch, heart failure is going to become a much bigger problem, and a bigger burden, on our health system in the coming years.
The American Heart Association estimates that as baby boomers age the number of Americans with the disease will jump 45 percent to 8 million by 2030.READ MORE: Plymouth Hospital Set To Close Temporarily As Nurses Go On Strike Over Fair Pay
There are a number of risk factors for developing heart failure including things like obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and older age.READ MORE: Double Crash On I-35W Leaves 2 Dead
The study’s co-author says it’s still possible to reverse the trend.
“Prevention is really key. Heart failure can be prevented in many individuals if there is more appropriate early detection of those with risk factors for heart failure and aggressive treatment,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a UCLA cardiologist.MORE NEWS: 2 Pedestrians Shot And Injured In South Minneapolis
According to the American Heart Assocation, the costs to treat heart failure could more than double to $70 billion in less than 20 years.