Approximately 17.9 million people died from heart diseases in 2016, representing 31% of all global deaths. Eighty-five percent of those are due to heart attack and stroke.
During a heart attack, the heart muscle struggles to get enough blood flow. The more time that passes without restored flow, the greater the potential damage.
Experts often recommend improving overall physical health and treating other medical conditions as a way to prevent heart attacks—and heart disease in general. But new research suggests taking one pill every day, especially if you live in a lower-income country, may also help. In fact, taking one pill daily may even slash your risk of heart attack by half.
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