Advances in disease prevention, medical technologies, and therapeutics have led to a “taming” of cardiovascular disease, including a 70% drop in cardiac mortality and stroke since the 1970s.1 At the same time, cardiology practice is now being shaped by an important adverse trend: the rising cost of cardiovascular health care. Thus, developing more cost-effective cardiovascular health care is becoming ever more imperative.
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