june 26, 2018
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, refers to a variety of different problems that affect that heart, many of which are connected to atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries making it difficult for the heart to pump blood as needed. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States and is responsible for approximately 610,000 deaths per year, a stunning 1 in 4 of deaths. The statistics are no less ominous in Europe, Australia, Latin America, or sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, the only place that appears to be the exception to this rule is Asia, where the incidence of heart disease-related deaths are as low as 1/6 of that which is experienced in the United States.
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