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In the 1980s, approximately 400,000 major infarctions were occurring each year in the U.S. and 40% of patients were dying within the first year. 1-year mortality is now 4-8%.

Weisfeldt M, Zeiman S. Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease: One of the most important contributors to improved human survival is the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Health Aff. 2007; 26(1): 25-37. http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/full/26/1/25

Reference

Title
Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease: One of the most important contributors to improved human survival is the treatment of cardiovascular disease
Publication
Health Aff
Publication Date
2007
Authors
Weisfeldt M, Zeiman S
Volume & Issue
Volume 26, Issue 1
Pages
25-37
URL
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