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A sea change in treating heart attacks

from The New York Times

From 2003 to 2013, the death rate from coronary heart disease has fallen about 38 percent, according to the American Heart Association citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the primary federal agency that funds heart research, says this decline has been spurred by better control of cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced smoking rates, improved medical treatments — and faster care of people in the throes of a heart attack. And care has improved not just in elite medical centers, but in local hospitals, even among poor populations. more


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