CVD Burden in U.S. Expanding Faster Than Expected

2015 saw levels once projected for 2030, report saysMedpageToday

  • by Crystal Phend Crystal Phend Senior Associate Editor, MedPage Today February 15, 2017

The growth in cardiovascular disease has outpaced expectations, reaching a prevalence of 41.5% in 2015 — 15 years ahead of schedule, according to a report from the American Heart Association (AHA).

The “disturbing” update to its 2011 projections likely reflected worse-than-anticipated effects of rising obesity and earlier type 2 diabetes onset across the country, AHA President Steven Houser, PhD, said in a teleconference with the press.

“So in short, the burden of CVD is growing faster than our ability to combat it,” he said — and the projections suggested it will get worse.

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