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Heart Disease: The National Killer

Author: Branden Chen

Editor: Tharindi Jayatilake

Artist: Tiffany Chen

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths - approximately 600,000 Americans each year. Anyone, regardless of age, can develop heart disease, but heart disease refers to many different types of heart conditions, the most common type being coronary artery disease. Other conditions occur in the valves of the heart when the heart cannot pump blood well enough, leading to heart disease, which can be developed at birth. It is crucial to learn about heart disease and become aware of the risks and symptoms in order to prevent the development of this deadly disease.