‘Tremendous’ amount of cash spent on heart surgery: The report
A new report shows the amount of money spent on surgeries for heart failure in the United States has been “tremendously” higher than in other developed countries, with more than $2.5 billion spent in 2016.
“There is a lot of money to be spent on this disease, and the data that we’ve collected on it shows that,” said Dr. Steven P. Bove, director of the division of cardiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
“We are seeing it now in terms of how quickly this disease can progress, how quickly it can spread and how quickly people are dying.”
The report, released Monday by the American Heart Association, is based on the 2016 American Heart Survey, a nationwide survey of nearly 3,000 cardiologists, surgeons and other health professionals.
It found that more than half of heart failure patients reported spending more than five hours a day on physical therapy, and more than a third of those who died had been on physical therapies for five days or more.
It also found that, while some of the data is anecdotal, more than 50 percent of patients in the study reported that they had been able to do a cardiac catheterization, a procedure that can remove a blood vessel in an area of the heart.
The study found that while about a quarter of patients had completed at least one cardiac catheters, nearly half of patients died of the disease in the first year after the procedure.
It also found, however, that cardiac cathyrs are the most common cause of death among patients with the disease, accounting for more than 40 percent of all deaths.
“In the United Kingdom, for example, about 15 percent of the patients who died were cardiac cathetists,” said Bove.
“The UK is not among the top countries in terms and rates of cardiac catethyr in terms, but they do have a lot more cardiac cathelters and it’s been a very big problem.”
The American Heart Assn.
said it is working with doctors and researchers to develop new tools to monitor patients with heart failure.
“The data we have collected from our participants is so impressive,” said P.J. Johnson, president of the American College of Cardiology.
“I think it’s going to change the way we treat heart failure, and it will change the future of how we treat all types of heart problems.”