Apr 12, 2008
As we continue into this election year, healthcare has been prominent among the major issues of all presidential candidates. Early diagnosis and prevention of cardiovascular disease is a special interest of mine. Why? Not only would many of the devastating consequences of stroke, heart attack, limb loss and renal failure be eliminated and diminish the personal suffering that accompanies these conditions. But the economic impact of eliminating this conditions would be astronomical
Consider this... If alll major forms of heart and blood vessel disease were eliminated, US life expectancy would rise by almost seven years. and the nation would be more than $300 billion richer. This according to a study by the American Heart Association's 2000 Heart and Stroke Statistical Update.
Cardiovascular disease is still the No.1 cause of death for both men and women. Nearly 60 million Americans have some form of heart or blood vessel disease. From recent statistics, cardiovascular disease accounted for about 41 percent of all deaths, or one out of every 2.4 deaths.