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Cardiovascular disease mortality has declined by over 50% since 1950, contributing more than any other factor to the increase of life expectancy during the past few decades.

Cutler, David M., Genia Long, Ernst R. Berndt, Jimmy Royer, Andree-Anne Fournier, Alicia Sasser, and Pierre Cremieux. The Value Of Antihypertensive Drugs: A perspective on medical innovation. Health Affairs. 2007; 26(1): 97-110

Reference

Title
The Value Of Antihypertensive Drugs: A perspective on medical innovation
Publication
Health Affairs
Publisher
Project HOPE
Publication Date
2007
Authors
Cutler, David M., Genia Long, Ernst R. Berndt, Jimmy Royer, Andree-Anne Fournier, Alicia Sasser, and Pierre Cremieux
Volume & Issue
Volume 26, Issue 1
Pages
97-110

Categories

  • Innovative Medical Research
  • Human Value

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