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Heart attacks down 24% in decade

San Francisco Chronicle, June 10, 2010

A study of more than 46,000 Northern California Kaiser Permanente patients found a significant drop in heart attacks over a 10-year period, and a major decrease in the most serious type of heart attacks. The results show that communitywide efforts to help people reduce their risk of heart disease seem to be working, doctors say. The study showed that the heart attack rate among Kaiser patients fell 24% between 1999 and 2008. The rate increased from 1999 to 2000, but declined every year after that.