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Coronary Heart Disease EpidemiologyFrom aetiology to public health$
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Michael Marmot and Paul Elliott

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198525738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525738.001.0001

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Screening for future coronary heart disease

Screening for future coronary heart disease

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(p.706) Chapter 41 Screening for future coronary heart disease
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Coronary Heart Disease Epidemiology
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N. J. Wald

M. R. Law

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525738.003.0042

Measuring risk factors such as blood pressure and serum cholesterol as a means of screening to identify people who will develop coronary heart disease has entered medical practice largely because of the aetiological importance of these factors. It has been assumed that an aetiologically important risk factor must also be a good screening test. This chapter examines risk factors considered as screening tests in general, and then examines how effective coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors are in distinguishing individuals who will develop clinical CHD from individuals who will not.

Keywords:   cardiovascular disease, CHD, risk factors, blood pressure, serum cholesterol, screening tests

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