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Coronary heart disease trends in England and Wales from 1984 to 2004: concealed levelling of mortality rates among young adults
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    The latest available, age-adjusted overall mortality rate for CHD in Italy refers to the year 2002 [1]. For the first time in the last twenty years, the 2002 rate (42.05 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants) showed a significant increase (+1.1%) over the previous year. The mortality rate for CHD grew by 0.8% in men and by 1.4% in women.

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    Dear Editor,

    O'Flaherty and colleagues (1) have identified a worrying change in the hitherto improving CHD mortality data in England and Wales that has occurred despite record spending on coronary revascularisation. They correctly propose that the health intervention measures, as recommended by Wanless (2) and supported by the National Heart Forum (3) and NICE (4), should be urgently implemented in an attempt to p...

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