By taking heartworm medication, a group of Americans have been able to save millions of dollars over the last decade.
In fact, according to the American Heart Association, heartworm drugs have saved more Americans than any other preventive measure, according the AP.
But many heartworm sufferers still have serious health concerns that can be difficult to overcome.
There are also costs associated with treating the virus.
The CDC estimates that heartworm medications have cost an estimated $1.8 billion to treat, according its website.
One heartworm drug, a class of medications known as cephalosporins, has cost the US government $1 billion, according AP.
The cost of treating heartworm is higher than many other chronic diseases, and often far more expensive than treating cancer or diabetes, according The American Journal of Medicine.
It is estimated that in a typical year, up to 1.6 million Americans will develop heartworm, according Reuters.
Heartworm drugs are often given for a few months, and then patients are allowed to continue taking them for up to three years.
Some doctors have even prescribed them for people who are not at risk of heartworm infections, according CNN.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with severe chronic diseases can be at greater risk of developing heartworm.
For example, a person with congestive heart failure has a five-fold increase in the risk of becoming infected with the virus, according a new study by the American College of Cardiology.
“There is a great risk of getting the disease,” said Dr. David Buell, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins University.
People with severe cardiovascular disease are more likely to develop heart disease, and that risk increases with age.
When heartworm attacks occur in the lungs, the disease may result in lung infections, as well as pneumonia and severe cardiac problems.
This could have a serious impact on a person’s ability to work and lead a productive life.
Heartworm is transmitted via the bite of a parasitic worm.
Once a person becomes infected, it usually can’t be stopped by treatment or a vaccine.
To help patients avoid becoming infected, health officials advise against touching sick people, washing hands, and drinking alcohol.
Although heartworm prevention efforts have been successful, there is still a need for better prevention, according ABC News.
Many of the medications used to treat heartworm also have side effects that can have a long-term impact on the person’s health, according Dr. Anthony Fauci, a professor at Yale University School of Medicine and co-author of the book “The Price of Risk: A Global Perspective on Health and Illness.”
Fauci said that although many of these medications do help to slow the spread of the virus in the long run, they can also result in serious side effects.
If you have questions about heartworm or other chronic illnesses, visit the CDC website.