Heart Disease Costs


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Heart disease refers to several conditions that affect the heart's structure and function. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The most common types of heart disease are:


  • Coronary Artery Disease - Plaque buildup in the heart's arteries reduces blood flow and oxygen to the heart muscle leading to chest pain or heart attack.
  • Arrhythmia - Irregular heartbeat patterns due to problems with the heart's electrical system.
  • Heart Failure - When the heart cannot pump enough blood and oxygen to meet the body's needs.
  • Valvular Heart Disease - Problems with the heart valves that regulate blood flow through the heart.
  • Cardiomyopathy - Damage to the heart muscle that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood properly.


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Heart disease develops over time and can often be prevented or managed through healthy lifestyle choices. However, many people will need medical treatment. Here are some common services for heart disease and their estimated costs on average:


Heart Disease Average Cost
Office visits with a cardiologist$150-$500
Diagnostic tests (EKG, stress test, echocardiogram)$50-$5,000
Angioplasty (clears clogged arteries)$11,000-$41,000
Coronary Bypass Surgery$44,000-$70,000
Pacemaker Implant$19,000-$87,000
Heart Transplant$997,000-$1,790,000
Medications $100-$500 per month


  • For someone with coronary artery disease, the lifetime cost is estimated to be around $218,000 on average if only medication is needed, or up to $1.1 million if hospitalization for procedures like bypass surgery or stents occurs.
  • For a heart attack, the average lifetime cost is estimated at $1.08 million, which includes the cost of medications, follow-up care, and lost productivity. Repeated heart attacks or complications raise costs further.
  • For heart failure, the lifetime cost is estimated between $100,000 to $2.9 million on average depending on severity. Medications for heart failure cost $2,000-$5,000 annually.
  • For those with an implanted device like a pacemaker or defibrillator, lifetime costs rise to $181,000-$287,000 including the cost of the device and replacements needed.
  • In general, the lifetime costs for someone with heart disease are estimated between $219,000 to $1 million on average. However, costs can exceed $1 million for more complex cases over a lifetime.
  • Indirect costs like lost wages or reduced productivity are estimated to add around $44,000 in lifetime costs for heart disease patients.


The costs for managing heart disease can quickly add up. Having health insurance and talking to your doctor about ways to control costs are important. Maintaining heart healthy habits can also reduce your risks and need for intensive medical care. Check out the Costnip Resource Library to find help with some associated costs.