In the next two decades, the number of Americans with cardiovascular disease will rise to 131.2 million with costs expected to reach $1.1 trillion, according to a study conducted by RTI International for the American Heart Association. In 2011, RTI estimated that around 100 million Americans would suffer from cardiovascular disease by 2030; however, that prediction came true in 2015. The latest study predicts that by 2035, there will be 123.2 million Americans with high blood pressure, 24 million coronary heart disease patients, and 11.2 million suffering from stroke. "While we have made tremendous progress in fighting cardiovascular disease, recently reported death rates and these projections reinforce that now is not the time to relax," said American Heart Association President Steven Houser, PhD, FAHA. "We must continue to be vigilant, because if these projections become reality, a serious health and economic crisis is on the horizon."