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The JAMA theme issue on cardiovascular disease (CVD) recognizes the progress made in CVD but also acknowledges the challenges that remain. On the positive side, from 2000 to 2010 age-adjusted death rates attributable to overall CVD in the United States declined by more than 30%. Yet CVD continued to account for a third (787 650) of the 2.5 million deaths in the United States per year, an average of 1 death every 40 seconds.1 Worldwide, the picture is more concerning. The incidence of CVD is increasing rapidly in low- or-moderate income countries, and according to current World Health Organization statistics, ischemic heart disease and stroke were the number 1 and number 2 leading causes of death in the world in 2012.2 With renewed interest in noncommunicable diseases, there has been greater focus on CVD.
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