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The result has been that the deaths from heart --
heart attacks deaths, between the end of 1973 to the end
of '77, have declined 8% - an enormous number of lives
saved! The deaths from stroke from '73 to '77 have declined
17%. Now, this represents a total decline of over 400,000
deaths over the four years.
Now, this is, in effect, a successful marriage of medical
techniques and publicity?
Just to point out -- the medical drugs were
available since the late fifties (for 20 years), and it
was just advertising and publicity to persuade people to go
to see if they have a non-painful disease, but possibly
fatal, and if they have, be treated to prevent heaving a heart
attack or stroke.
It's an educational process?
It's an educational project. Well, it's a very unusual
thing to get anything done about it, because most people
are used to going if they have a pain or if they don't feel
well, but people feel well usually with high blood pressure,
until they have a stroke or a heart attack. Very seldom do they
have any real warnings, unless they have their blood pressure
Now, this has been continued this past year, right?
This has been continued, yes. In other words, the-and
the decline in the national death rate has been about
6%. The overall death rate of the people of the United States.
This is the first major decline since the coming of antibiotics,
in the national death rate. Isn't that astounding?
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