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Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke

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Coronary heart disease is a leading cause of premature, permanent disability among working adults. Stroke alone accounts for the disability of more than 1 million Canadians. Almost 6 million hospitalizations each year are due to cardiovascular disease. Costs - The economic effects of cardiovascular disease on the Canadian health care system grows larger as the population ages. In 2003, the cost of heart disease and stroke is projected to be $351 billion: $209 billion for health care expenditures and $142 billion for lost productivity from death and disability.

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