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American Heart Month, February 1995

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in the United States. Although death rates for cardiovascular disease are declining, in 1991 the death rate for this problem among women was approximately five times that for lung or breast cancer Figure_1. A high proportion of these deaths are preventable by reducing important risk factors for heart disease, including smoking, physical inactivity, and high-fat diet. In conjunction with American Heart Month (February 1995), this issue of MMWR includes reports that address two of these modifiable risk factors among U.S. women.



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