Medicine: Killer No. 1

To publicize National Heart Week (Feb. 7-14), the American Heart Association released some grim statistics:

¶Last year, as in every year for the last 25, diseases of the heart and blood vessels remained U.S. public killer No. 1: they killed more people than the next five leading causes of death (excluding accidents) combined. During World War II, 325,000 men died in battle; in the same period, 2,000,000 Americans died from heart disease.

¶This year heart and circulatory ailments will kill at least 600,000 people, cause the loss of about 152,000,000 work days. The three biggest killers in the No....

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