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Cardiac disorders

  • Bob Lewin
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Abstract

Since the 1900s the incidence of heart disease in the western world has grown to epidemic proportions, and it is now the major cause of premature death. In the UK, about a third of the middle-aged population are believed to have coronary artery disease (CAD), and approximately 180 000 people survive the physical and psychological trauma of a heart attack every year. If the present situation continues, 50% of us will die prematurely from a cardiac disorder (Julian, 1992). As might be expected, such an extensive health crisis has produced an enormous research effort. No single review is likely adequately to summarize its many topics. Excellent reviews of most areas already exist and are referenced below.

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