Coronary heart disease is one of the forces shaping Americans’ lives, U.S. health care spending and the U.S. economy.
One reason life insurers were a little slow to take COVID-19 seriously as an “extreme mortality event” is that heart disease, and cancer, are such common causes of death. It takes a lot of deaths for any other health problem to compete with heart disease as a cause of death.
Managers of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey program collect data on participants’ heart health.
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The BRFSS survey team, naturally, tends to focus on the kinds of low-income people who tend to be the most frequent users of government-run health programs, such as Medicaid.
For financial services professionals, the most interesting data may be the statistics for the highest-earning group of people in the BRFSS tables, or people from households with annual income of at least $50,000 per year.