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Healthcare providers urged to encourage healthy habits and curtail preventable deaths

In 2010, more than 200,000 deaths from heart disease and stroke could have been prevented, according to a “Vital Signs” report released in September by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report defined preventable deaths as those that occurred in people under age 75 that could have been prevented by more effective public health measures, lifestyle changes such as controlling high blood pressure or quitting smoking, or medical care.

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