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Diet and Disease by Katie Ferraro

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CHAPTER 1

Nutrition and Heart Disease

Chapter Abstract

Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, killing about 610,000 people per year, and it is responsible for nearly one in every four deaths in the United States (CDC, 2015). It is also the leading killer of people around the world, accounting for more than 17 million deaths each year. Heart disease does not discriminate, as it is the leading cause of death for both males and females as well as for blacks, Hispanics, and whites (Minino et al. 2011). In addition to its human toll, heart disease also carries a significant financial impact. The American Heart Association has estimated that in 2011, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and other cardiovascular disease combined accounted ...

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