Nearly 1 million Americans die from heart disease every year, more than from cancer and all accidents combined, according to the American Heart Association.

More than one in four Americans suffers from some heart ailment, and nearly one in two will die from a cardiovascular condition. While death rates have declined as a result of improved treatments and healthier lifestyles, heart disease still claims one life every 32 seconds.

Although heart disease is usually perceived as striking the elderly, more than 175,000 people under age 65 died of cardiac problems in 1988, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. In 1988, more than half of all coronary bypass operations were performed on people under age 65.

Six medical procedures ranging from open heart surgery to the installation of pacemakers to opening clogged arteries with balloon angioplasty are routinely performed to correct heart problems.

Pick up chart below:

...........MALE..FEMALE..15-44..45-64..65+..NORTH..MID.SOUTH.WEST

..........................................EAST...WEST..........

Valve

replacement ..28....23 ....--.....20...24....14...16.....13.... 8

Angioplasties 308..124...32......227..172....55..143....108...112

Coronary

bypass........270...83...15......167..170....74..106....114....50

Pacemaker

installation..165..125... 6...... 59..223....72.. 77....100....42

Catheterization 597.332..93......433..384...190..255....302...183

Open heart

surgery........458..173..33......304..286...118..196....188...128