Harvard Heart Letter

The value of prevention

Treating heart disease is expensive. Adopting heart-healthy habits can save money as well as lives. If you exercise, eat right, and follow other heart-friendly habits, you’re probably less likely to end up in the hospital with a heart problem. And — no surprise here — that translates to far lower health care costs. The average hospital charge for a heart operation or related procedure is about $85,000 (see “The price of treating…

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