CDC Foundation’s New Business Pulse Focuses on Heart Health
For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Contact: Media Relations
Business Pulse: Heart Health, launched this week by the CDC Foundation, shares how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works to protect Americans’ heart health, a strategy that can improve worker productivity and lower healthcare costs. This issue of Business Pulse highlights specific heart health challenges faced by businesses. Business Pulse: Heart Health also features an interactive infographic that provides useful facts and links, along with a question-and-answer feature and online CDC tools, guidelines and resources.
Nearly 800,000 Americans die each year from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, accounting for one in every three deaths. Annually, about one in every six U.S. healthcare dollars is spent on cardiovascular disease. By 2030, annual direct medical costs associated with cardiovascular diseases are projected to rise to more than $818 billion; lost productivity costs could exceed $275 billion. Despite the current burden, cardiovascular disease is largely preventable.
To access Business Pulse, visit http://www.cdcfoundation.org/businesspulse.