According to a report from the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released in late March 2003, hypertension is the sixth most expensive medical condition, affecting 27 million people and costing $18 billion a year. Heart disease is the most expensive medical condition. In 1997, the year of the study, heart disease affected more than 17 million people at a cost of $58 billion. Cancer came in second, at $46 billion. Hypertension also accounted for the most out-of-pocket expenses?patients pay about 30% of the costs of the disease.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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