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Heart disease and strokes account for numerous deaths annually around the world. This reality prompted the World Health Organization, in partnership with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to produce _The Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke_. The publication was "launched to coincide with World Heart Day, which is a major driving force for encouraging global heart disease and stroke prevention." The Atlas was "designed for use by policy makers, national and international organizations, health professionals and the general public." The Atlas was also designed to be concise, clear, and accessible to a wide audience. The publication is divided into six sections: Cardiovascular Disease, Risk Factors, The Burden, Action, The Future and the Past, and World Tables. The entire publication is available for download in subsection units, and the website provides links for ordering a hard copy as well. The site also links to a news release for the Atlas, and to information about World Heart Day--recently celebrated on September 26, 2004--at the World Heart Federation site.
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