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In 1999, coronary heart disease (CHD), the condition that causes both heart attacks and angina, was the single leading cause of death in the United States. 529,659 people died from this disease (one out of every five deaths). In addition, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Americans were diagnosed with 1.1 million new and recurrent cases of coronary attack. Not just an American problem, though, CHD ranks as one of the major causes of death in countries around the globe. Are you at risk? Is there any way you can prevent it from happening? And is there anything you can do if it occurs?

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