Remember to focus on seven heart healthy habits


2017-02-03 08:06

While saving lives focusing on seven heart healthy habits could also save billions in Medicare costs.

In spite of an increasing awareness of the primary factors associated with heart disease this remains the leading cause of death in the United States. This is personally devastating for loved ones and very costly. Maintaining a focus on seven heart healthy habits could save lives and a lot of money.

Billions of dollars could be saved in Medicare costs with a focus on the seven heart healthy habits

The American Heart Association reports that billions of dollars could be saved in Medicare costs with a focus on the seven heart healthy habits. If beneficiaries adhered to five to seven of the Simple 7 healthy habits to lower cardiovascular disease as recommended by the American Heart Assocciation scores of lives and approximately $41 billion a year in Medicare costs could be saved.

An association has been found between a commitment to the Simple 7 factors and decreased risk for hospitalizations and cardiovascular disease

There has been an association found between a commitment to the Simple 7 factors and decreased risk for hospitalizations and cardiovascular disease associated outpatient doctor visits. The goal should be for beneficiaries to ideally achieve five to seven heart healthy habits to lower cardiovascular risk. These factors are:

*Cigarette smoking

*Physical activity

*Diet

*Body mass index

*Blood pressure

*Cholesterol


*Glucose levels

The researchers observed that only 6.4 percent of participants in the study adhered to five to seven ideal factors. Women, black people and unmarried people along with those who had an annual income which was lower than $20,000 or who did not have a high school education were the most likely to have less of Life's Simple 7 scores.

It's estimated the yearly cost deduction for inpatient, outpatient and total costs would be $41.2 billion if all Medicare beneficiaries adhered to five to seven of Life’s Simple 7 factors

The complete inpatient and outpatient healthcare costs were about $5,016 less for the participants in the study who had the most ideal heart healthy factors in comparison to those with the lowest number of these factors. It has been estimated the yearly cost deduction for inpatient, outpatient and total costs would be $41.2 billion if all Medicare beneficiaries adhered to five to seven of Life’s Simple 7 factors.

This study has been published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. It has become apparent that there is an association between better cardiovascular health and decreased risk for inpatient encounters along with decreased inpatient and outpatient healthcare costs. Clearly an emphasis on adhering to Life’s Simple 7 factors has the potential to improve health and quality of life while also dramatically cutting healthcare costs.

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