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How has heart disease treatment improved?

If you have not kept up to date with changes in the field of cardiovascular care, you might think of all instances of heart disease as nearly always fatal. While heart disease is still the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States, the field of cardiology now more than ever offers treatments for fighting back. Much has changed within the last 50 years in heart disease treatment, with innovative and safe treatments being developed each year. For example, today, compared to 30 years ago, roughly one-third more children born with congenital heart defects survive to adulthood. For patients with acquired cardiovascular disease, the one-year death rate after a heart attack is now less than 5 percent for most patients, a major improvement over the death rate of 40 percent just 30 years ago. Those are impressive gains, but there is more work to be done.
 

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