Stethoscope2.jpgPreventive measures to help people lower their risk of heart disease have been so effective that a new study documented a drop of 24% in the number of serious heart attacks over ten years.

Among the 46,000 patients studied between 1999 and 2008, the most damaging heart attacks fell even more, 62 percent, according to the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine,

Preventive measures include lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, decreasing or eliminating smoking and the use of beta-blockers and/or aspirin.

(READ more in the San Francisco Chronicle)

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