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Medical memo: Fighting heart disease: Are we still winning?

Coronary artery disease (CAD) causes heart attacks, angina, and many cases of heart failure and sudden death. Doctors learned to identify and treat risk factors that lead to CAD, and they have developed medical and surgical treatments that have greatly improved the outlook for patients with heart disease. As a result of behavioral changes and medical interventions, deaths from heart disease fell by 56% during the second half of the 20th century, and deaths from stroke fell by an even more remarkable 70%. It's heartening progress — but can it be sustained?
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