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what number of heart attacks are caused by high blood pressure?

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Dr. Michael Zevitz
Internal medicine 37 years experience
Exact number unknown: High blood pressure is the leading cause of all heart disease, but exactly how many heart attacks are caused solely by high blood pressure is unknown. There are approximately 1.5 million heart attacks in the United States yearly, and it is estimated that high blood pressure is a significant factor in more than half of them.

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