A Letter From The Publisher: Jun. 1, 1981

For this week's cover story on heart disease, TIME reporters visited medical centers around the U.S. to stake out the nation's No. 1 killer. Many were soon experiencing palpitations and sweaty palms. The diagnosis: anxiety over their own heart-wrecking habits. Says Midwest Correspondent Patricia Delaney: "I felt dull chest pains when cardiologists vividly described the symptoms of a heart attack, and afterward I sadly declined wine and butter at lunch. I even got an electrocardiogram, and I began to exercise more." After visiting a hypertension clinic in Manhattan and a diagnostic center on Long Island, Correspondent Mary Cronin persuaded a reluctant...

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