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What is the most common form of heart disease?

The most common form of heart disease is coronary artery disease, sometimes referred to as coronary heart disease. It is the number one cause of death among both men and women in the United States.

This content originally appeared online in "The Patient Guide to Heart, Lung, and Esophageal Surgery" from the Society of Thoracic Surgery.

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