Most U.S. Adults Will Have Some Type of Cardiovascular Disease

( – The leading cause of death and disability in the United States is Cardiovascular Disease, and studies show that it could be even more common in the next thirty years.

The American Heart Association says that more than sixty percent of adults in the United States will have some sort of cardiovascular disease by 2050. It’s said that the majority is projected to be almost two hundred million people with hypertension or high blood pressure, which is expected to continue to increase.

“Clinically, cardiovascular disease is identified as a number of specific conditions, including coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, valvular disease, congenital heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and hypertension,” the association says. “However, high blood pressure is also known as a major risk factor contributing to both heart disease and stroke,” they continued.

Strokes will increase the most with a “total prevalence number nearly doubling from 10 million to almost 20 million adults.”

Heart issues like heart failure and coronary heart disease are also expected to increase. There is a projected decline in high cholesterol diagnoses, but other factors such as obesity and diabetes will also increase during this time.

The report found that an increase is expected among different racial and ethnic groups as poor health behaviors have risen among Asian and Hispanic populations, with Black adults expected to have the highest amount of hypertension. Racism, socioeconomic factors, and limited access to care could influence these numbers as well.

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