Established major coronary risk factors: Historical overview

Jeremiah Stamler*

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This chapter presents a historical overview of research on the six established major risk factors for coronary heart disease: adverse diet, diet-related above-optimal levels of serum total cholesterol (TC), blood pressure (BP), overweight/obesity, diabetes mellitus (DM), and cigarette smoking. These have been shown to be centrally involved in the multifactorial causation of severe atherosclerotic disease, its complications, and its multiple clinical manifestations - first and foremost the epidemic of CHD in Western industrialized countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCoronary Heart Disease Epidemiology
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Aetiology to Public Health
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191724114
ISBN (Print)9780198525738
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009


  • Blood pressure
  • CHD
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Obesity
  • Risk factors
  • Serum total cholesterol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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