Report of the New England task force on reducing heart disease and stroke risk

S. Havas, S. Wozenski, R. Deprez, L. Miller, R. Charman, M. Hamrell, L. Green, S. Benn

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Five years ago, a task force on reducing risk for heart disease and stroke was established by the six New England States. The task force included representatives from State public health departments, academia, the corporate sector, and voluntary organizations. This article is the final report of the task force. Heart disease and cerebrovascular disease are major causes of mortality in the New England region. Heart disease causes nearly 40 percent of all deaths in each of the six States and cerebrovascular disease, 7 percent of the deaths. Major risk factors for ischemic heart disease that have been identified - elevated serum cholesterol, high blood pressure, and cigarette smoking - are caused largely by lifestyle behaviors. Similarly, cerebrovascular disease results largely from uncontrolled high blood pressure, much of which is attributable to unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. In a series of studies evidence has accumulated that the reduction or elimination of these risk factors results in a decline in mortality rates. Many intervention programs have been mounted in the region, but there has been no population-wide effort to attack these risk factors. The task force proposed a broad range of activities for New Englanders at sites in the community and in health facilities. These activities would promote not smoking, exercising regularly, and maintaining desirable levels of serum cholesterol and blood pressure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-142
Number of pages9
JournalPublic Health Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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