Heart Disease: How America's Progress Stacks Up

It's tempting to attribute some of the U.S. advance on the health front to its medical system and the technological progress it has fostered. Between 1980 and 1990, for example, according to Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.'s current Statistical Bulletin, age-adjusted death rates from circulatory disease among Americans aged 35 to 74 fell by 29% for men and 25% for women.

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