When did heart disease start becoming a problem?

Heart disease was an uncommon cause of death in the US at the beginning of the 20th century. By mid-century it had become the commonest cause. After peaking in the mid-1960s, the number of heart disease deaths began a marked decline that has persisted to the present.

Did people have heart attacks in the 1800s?

By the early nineteenth century, angina pectoris was widely known as a form of heart disease. It was understood to occur predominantly in men, and to be related to exertion (both physical and mental), diet and health.

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