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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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Contributions to change: major risk factors and the potential for prevention

Contributions to change: major risk factors and the potential for prevention

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(p.642) Chapter 37 Contributions to change: major risk factors and the potential for prevention
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Coronary Heart Disease Epidemiology
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R. Beaglehole

A. Dobson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525738.003.0038

This chapter assesses the impact of changes in the major coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors to changes in CHD event and mortality rates. The major risk factors can account for large differences on CHD event rates observed between populations. This supports the argument that these major risk factors can account for most of the CHD epidemics seen in the second half of the 20th century. It follows that the priority targets for prevention are to reduce levels of smoking, blood pressure, and total cholesterol in whole populations.

Keywords:   coronary heart disease, risk factors, mortality rates, cardiovascular events

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