• Vol. 39 No. 9, 667–669
  • 15 September 2010

The Growing Burden of Cardiovascular Disease: Role of the Arterial-Cardiac Interaction

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World Heart Day was inaugurated to increase global awareness that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s leading cause of death, claiming, according to the World Heart Federation website, 17.1 million lives each year. Control of risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, tobacco use, and physical inactivity, are obviously critical in reducing the burden of morbidity and mortality from heart disease and stroke.

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