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Comparative Effectiveness of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and/or Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers Added to Standard Medical Therapy for Treating Patients With Stable Ischemic Heart Disease and Preserved Left Ventricular Systolic Function

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Health Impact of Cardiovascular Disease in the United States (2)

Cardiovascular disease has been the leading cause of death in the United States in every year since 1900, except in 1918, accounting for more deaths than any other single cause or group of causes of death. Cardiovascular disease claims more lives each year than cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents, and diabetes mellitus combined. According to current data, nearly 2,400 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 37 seconds.