Causes of the epidemic of coronary heart disease

Jeremiah Stamler

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The coronary epidemic, like most massive disease onslaughts, is due to a confluence in society of multiple causes, socioeconomic and cultural in origin. In particular, it is a result in industrialized countries of mass adoption of 'rich' diets, cigarette smoking, and sedentary habits. The consequence is a high prevalence in the population of persons who are very susceptible to premature coronary disease because they have combinations of coronary risk factors: hypercholesterolemia, hyperlipoproteinemia, hypertension, hyperglycemia, obesity, etc. The extensive data from many research sources on the role of modern life style in the etiology of the coronary epidemic demonstrate the possibility of control, based on a strategy emphasizing primary prevention through improvement of mass living habits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-502
Number of pages30
JournalBruxelles Medical
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1973

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  • General Medicine


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