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Consider the following statistics about heart disease:
  • In 2004, the total number of adults in the United States living with heart disease was 24.7 million. This represented 11.5 percent of the population.
  • Based on the 2001 statistics for heart disease, 4.4 million people were hospitalized because of heart disease, with an average hospital stay of 4.6 days.
  • Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Based on 2003 data, 685,089 people died from heart disease. Heart disease and stroke account for nearly 40 percent of all deaths.


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