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Unstable Angina: Year 2000 Update
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most important cause of mortality in the United States. Among acute coronary ischemic syndromes, acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is the leading single cause of death, with more than 1.5 million cases of AMI in 1996, and more than 500,000 associated deaths.1 Of the more than 95 million annual visits to the emergency department in the United States each year, nearly 8 million (8.4%) are because of chest pain.2 [continued]

Outpatient Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis
Despite the recognition of risk factors and the availability of effective means for prophylaxis, DVT and pulmonary embolism (PE) remain common causes of morbidity and mortality. It is estimated that approximately 600,000 patients per year are hospitalized for DVT in North America.1 In the United States, symptomatic pulmonary embolism occurs in more than 600,000 patients and causes or contributes to death in up to 200,000 patients annually.2 [continued]

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