Navigation Links
Heart attack packs a wallop to wallet of survivors, their employers
Date:11/5/2012

The economic impact of a heart attack and other forms of acute coronary syndrome goes beyond the hospital to the home and workplace, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012.

Men and women with acute coronary syndrome face additional economic burdens in lost time and income from work and possible inability to return to work, researchers said.

Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is an umbrella term for situations in which blood supplied to the heart muscle is suddenly blocked. It includes heart attack and angina or chest pain.

Using data from Integrated Benefits Institutes' Health and Productivity Benchmarking Databases and IMS Lifelink, researchers analyzed medical, pharmacy and short- and long-term disability claims to calculate direct and indirect costs for more than 37,000 employees and their dependents from 2007 to 2010. Of the total, 77 percent were men and 95 percent were younger than 65.

They found:

  • Annual healthcare cost for each worker, including out-of-pocket expenses, was $8,170. Of that, $7,545 was for hospitalizations and other medical care and $625 for pharmacy costs.
  • Workers with ACS lost 60.2 days of work in the short term and 397 days in the long term.
  • For employers, disability costs outweighed direct costs. The estimated per claim productivity loss for short-term disability was $7,943 and $52,473 for long-term disability.
  • Hospitalizations accounted for 75 percent of total annual costs.

"ACS can have devastating effects from an economic standpoint on employers in terms of lost productivity, but more importantly on costs to the employee reflected in the average lost time per incident," said Robert L. Page II, Pharm.D., M.S.P.H., the study's lead author. The study is unique because 95 percent of participants were under age 65.

"About 47 percent of all ACS patients are younger than 65, so we were looking at a working class population," said Page, an associate professor of clinical pharmacy and physical medicine and a clinical specialist in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy in Aurora, Colo. ACS has non-cardiac and cardiac complications such as possible structural heart damage or depression.

"We want to target individuals early on in terms of risk factor modification for ACS, including smoking cessation, weight loss, appropriate diet, pharmacotherapy for high cholesterol and high blood pressure," Page said.


'/>"/>

Contact: Bridgette McNeill
bridgette.mcneill@heart.org
214-706-1173
American Heart Association
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Cardiac bypass surgery superior to non-surgical procedure for adults with diabetes and heart disease
2. Heart disease map of England highlights growing social inequality in older ages
3. New device could allow your heartbeat to power pacemaker
4. Drug doesnt significantly lower risk of major heart problems in dialysis patients
5. ADHD Drugs Didnt Raise Heart Risks for Kids, Study Finds
6. Controlling depression is associated with improved health for heart-failure patients
7. New pediatric heart failure guidelines a first in Canada
8. Decline in incidence of heart attacks appears associated with smoke-free workplace laws
9. Study: No Long-Term Heart Risks From Breast Radiation
10. Flu Vaccine May Protect Your Heart
11. Mothers Weight-Loss Surgery Linked to Kids Heart Health
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... TIME for Kids and The ZAC Foundation – ... partnership to reach nearly 1 million children with important water safety messages before summer ... leading cause of accidental death in children one to 6 years of age. ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... The 2016 Nike Soccer ... Pittman, along with his university coaching staff. Together they bring their winning Vandals coaching ... run for youth players ages 5-13, and high school players. Session dates are as ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... United Collection Bureau, Inc. (UCB) announces Sarah Clark as ... years of experience within the healthcare revenue cycle industry. With a primary focus of ... Patient Financial Services at Spectrum Health. While at Spectrum Health, Clark helped Spectrum achieve ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... T.E.N., a technology and information security executive ... the 2016 ISE® Central Executive Forum and Awards Gala at the Sheraton Downtown ... of HMS, was selected as the Information Security Executive® of the Year Award ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... ACLS Certification Institute, a leading provider of ... giving participants incentive for spreading the word about the Institute’s certification and recertification ... share resources with their friends and colleagues,” said Vonda Andrews, ACLS Certification Institute ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... with watching a film or TV show in high definition, you may not be familiar ... Ampronix  is a renowned authorized reseller of the medical industry,s top brands as well as ... ... ... Although initially ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... DUBLIN , May 3, 2016 ... to pay $55 million to a woman who says ... State court awarded Gloria Ristesund $5 million ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ) , ... of accusations against the company. In February, the same ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... JERUSALEM , May 3, 2016 ... (TASE: INTP), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced the ... Clinical and Regulatory Affairs. "Ms. Strauss-Levy has ... affairs, and has established an outstanding track record, having ... development and regulatory approval processes in the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: