Cardiovascular disease — disorders of the heart or blood vessels — is the number one cause of death and disability among men and women in the United States. The statistics are staggering:
Despite the alarming numbers, cardiovascular-related deaths are declining. Since the 1940s, virtually all increases in life expectancy have been due to the reduction of cardiovascular-related deaths. This is due in large part to new technology and treatments.
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.
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