Making “Cents” of High Blood Pressure
If you have high blood pressure—when your top number, or systolic pressure, measures 130 or more, or your bottom number, or diastolic pressure, measures 80 or more—like an estimated 85 million people in the U.S. do, it’ll cost you.
A new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that people with high blood pressure generate about $2,000 more in yearly health care expenses compared with those without the condition. And total health care costs for high blood pressure add up to about $131 billion per year.
Treatment cuts costs
The good news? Not treating high blood pressure can be even more expensive. High blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. And the median out-of-pocket cost for a hospital visit for heart attack and stroke is $53,384 and $31,218, respectively. But preventing or delaying these and other complications can ultimately help reduce health care costs.
Save money and your health
Bottom line? Controlling your blood pressure can be a lifesaver and a money saver. Less than 55% of people in the U.S. with high blood pressure have it controlled. Don’t count yourself among them. If you’re prescribed lifestyle changes and medicine, follow your doctor’s advice as directed to reduce your blood pressure. If you’re not sure whether you have high blood pressure, get a checkup to get your blood pressure tested.