Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Over the past decades, heart disease rates declined in both men and women as they quit smoking and improved dietary habits. This improvement, however, has leveled off in recent years, most likely because of the dramatic increase in obesity in the U.S. and other industrialized nations.
The risks for coronary artery disease increase with age. About 85% of people who die from heart disease are over the age of 65.
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Source: ADAM Encyclopedia
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