(HealthDay News) – The total annual costs associated with stroke are projected to rise to $240.67 billion by 2030, according to an American Heart Association and American Stroke Association policy statement published online May 22 in Stroke.

Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, on behalf of the American Heart Association Advocacy Coordinating Committee and Stroke Council, and colleagues developed methodology to project the future costs of stroke-related care. Cost estimates exclude other cardiovascular disease-related costs, including those for hypertension, coronary heart disease, and congestive heart failure.

The group estimates that, by 2030, 3.88% of the adult U.S. population is projected to have had a stroke. Using 2010 dollars, the real, total direct annual stroke-related medical costs are expected to increase from $71.55 billion to $183.13 billion between 2012–2030. Over the same time period, real indirect annual costs measured as loss of productivity are projected to rise from $33.65 billion to $56.54 billion. Overall, total annual costs of stroke are expected to increase to $240.67 billion by 2030, an increase of 129%.

“These projections suggest that the annual costs of stroke will increase substantially over the next two decades,” the authors write. “Greater emphasis on implementing effective preventive, acute care, and rehabilitative services will have both medical and societal benefits.”

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