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Developing world is new frontline in heart disease

In Health on September 6, 2006 at 1:39 am

Last Updated: 2006-09-05 12:37:22 -0400 (Reuters Health)

By Ben Hirschler

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Heart disease, usually seen as a quintessentially Western problem, is rapidly becoming a major threat to the developing world, costing millions of lives and billions of dollars, top cardiologists said on Tuesday.

Worsening diets, lack of exercise and smoking mean heart attacks and strokes are taking a mounting toll on poorer countries, experts told the World Congress of Cardiology.

“They now cause four times as many deaths in mothers in most developing countries than do childbirth and HIV/AIDS combined,” said Professor Stephen Leeder of the University of Sydney.
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