Cardiac and Vascular Care

Treatment of a cardiac or vascular condition, like heart attack or stroke, accounts for $1 of every $6 spent on healthcare in the U.S as reported by WebMd. Experts recommend looking at medication options and disability insurance to help manage costs, but first and foremost, educated healthcare consumers should research the costs at their local facilities to make a wise choice.

Stroke icon-nurse Nurse Notes

An ischemic stroke occurs when there is an obstruction (blockage) in a blood vessel in the brain or neck, causing damage or death to an area of the brain. Not included are patients who are treated with a balloon (angioplasty)/stent procedure or other surgery to remove the obstruction responsible for the stroke, or patients admitted with a rupture (break) in a blood vessel in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke), unless the hemorrhage occurs after the ischemic stroke but during the hospitalization.

 

Most Expensive Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center $40,467
Least Expensive Hanover Hospital $18,578

Heart Attack with Medical Management

Occurs when there is blockage or obstruction in a blood vessel (coronary artery) causing damage or death to an area of the heart (myocardial infarction). Patients who are treated with a balloon (angioplasty)/stent procedure or open heart surgery are not included.

Most Expensive Lancaster Regional Medical Center $45,469
Least Expensive Hanover Hospital $20,235

Angioplasty with Stent

Procedures are used to open narrowed or blocked coronary (heart) arteries to restore blood flow to the heart muscle by inserting a catheter (thin tube) through the skin of the upper thigh or arm. An angioplasty is performed by inflating a small balloon at the end of the catheter to widen the narrowed or blocked area in the artery. Angioplasty procedures are often combined with the placement of a stent (permanent metallic mesh tube) to prevent the artery from narrowing again. Only patients who have had a myocardial infarction (heart attack) are included.

Most Expensive Lancaster Regional Medical Center $99,290
Least Expensive Hanover Hospital $52,225

Chest Pain

Pain in the chest that is usually not related to the heart (non-cardiac chest pain). Common causes for this type of chest pain include gastric reflux (heartburn), pleurisy (inflammation of the membrane around the lungs) and problems with the ribs and muscles of the chest.

Most Expensive WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital $23,320
Least Expensive PinnacleHealth $9,280

Abnormal Heartbeat

Includes abnormalities in the heart rate (how fast or slow the heart beats) and/or the heart rhythm (how regular/steady the heart beats). Common examples include tachycardia (too fast), bradycardia (too slow) and atrial fibrillation (too fast and irregular).

Most Expensive Lancaster Regional Medical Center $45,557
Least Expensive PinnacleHealth $19,034

View All Area Health System Costs

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Health System Stroke # Cases Heart Attack with Medical Management # Cases Angioplasty with Stent # Cases Chest Pain # Cases Abnormal Heartbeat # Cases
$24,962 78 $23,604 83 $66,218 142 $14,158 33 $26,739 251
$29,024 104 $28,730 18 N/A N/A $23,320 10 $32,334 139
$40,467 454 $32,452 163 $57,559 191 $15,065 42 $30,367 313
$24,163 70 $25,735 58 $63,511 67 $13,635 81 $26,261 152
$37,382 42 $45,469 28 $99,290 34 $21,444 20 $45,557 101
$22,269 553 $26,614 322 $60,257 378 $16,402 62 $28,942 896
$30,234 31 $29,182 9 N/A N/A N/A 2 $37,763 59
$30,563 61 $30,164 217 $54,305 121 $21,842 40 $28,219 359
$30,563 61 $24,544 34 N/A N/A $21,593 6 $37,972 93
$23,507 491 $25,872 145 $55,243 333 $14,011 139 $21,553 791
$19,717 446 $22,846 232 $56,376 332 $9,280 221 $19,034 838
$18,578 140 $20,235 66 $52,225 50 $13,230 16 $20,612 137

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