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CDC PROTECTS AMERICA’S HEART HEALTH—FOR BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYEES

Heart disease and stroke are among the most widespread and costly health problems facing America’s employers today, yet they are also the most preventable. In 2011, cardiovascular disease cost the United States more than $300 billion—nearly $1 billion each day—in healthcare costs and lost productivity.

As the U.S. workforce ages, the economic impact of cardiovascular disease on America’s healthcare system will become even greater. By 2030, annual direct medical costs associated with cardiovascular disease are projected to rise to more than $818 billion, while lost productivity costs are projected to rise to more than $275 billion.

By focusing on science that protects America’s heart health, CDC helps improve worker health and lowers employers’ healthcare costs. CDC co-leads Million Hearts®, a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 by aligning public and private initiatives—including employers—across the United States.

In this issue of Business Pulse, explore how CDC’s heart-health research and tools can help keep your business healthy, productive and profitable.

Published April 2015