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Statins Taken For Reducing Cholesterol Found To Reduce Death Rate Associated With Heart Attack As Well

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic. ~Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin, 1973

For most of history, the human heart has been regarded as a forbidden organ too delicate to tamper with. // It might have remained so, were it not for World War II. Military doctors, facing injury and suffering on a massive scale, pioneered advances in antibiotics, anesthesia and blood transfusions -- advances that would usher in the age of modern surgery. Infact, in the beginning of 19 th century, very few people died of heart disease.

In the olden days, most of the work was done manually and walking was the major means of transportation. Urbanization in a way has been held responsible for the ever-increasing problems associated with the human heart. The age of technology has made life easier and made people more prone to heart disease.

Automation has revolutionized all forms of life by making it a little strenuous. Modern conveniences have made physical activity unnecessary. Along with the change in lifestyle came a change in diet. The combination of a sedentary lifestyle and a rich diet led to an increase in clogged blood vessels, heart attacks, and strokes. Heart disease then became commonplace. The rate of heart disease increased so sharply between the 1940 and 1967 that the World Health Organization called it the world's most serious epidemic.

Medical science immediately went to work studying the disease and searching out its causes and cures. Since William Harvey described the blood circulation, considerable progress has been made in the field of cardiology. The combined modality approach has been a valuable one in satisfying the demands of the disease. Of these, pharmacology deserves a special mention, which has focused on non-invasive supportive treatment modalities for heart disease.

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