A Study On Heart Disease

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II. Policy Development IIA. Policy Proposal Overall problem A: Heart Disease Heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women in the United States. Every year, about 610,000 people are killed due to heart disease. It is equal 1 in every 4 death. Coronary heart disease is one of heart disease that kills over 370,000 people annually, and every year about 735, 000 Americans have a heart attack (USA Life Expectancy, 2013). The cost of the disease (cardiovascular disease and stoke) in the United States for 2010 was estimated to be $315.4 billion. If comparing with other diagnostic group, heart diseases cost more than others like the cost of all cancer and benign neoplasms that was cost only $201.5 billion (Alan et al, 2014). The cost included the total direct cost, which included the cost of physicians and other professionals, hospital services, prescribed medications, home health care and other medical durables, and indirect cost, which was the loss of productivity due to the heart disease (Alan et al, 2014). Every day, total medical cost and lost productivity due heart disease is nearly $ 1 billion (CDC, 2014). According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015), there are several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices that can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including: • Diabetes • Overweight and obesity • Alcoholic consumption Because of the severity, high mortality and mobility, and the increasingly expensive cost of
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