Towards cardiovascular health

Jeremiah Stamler*

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This paper - in tribute to Martti Karvonen not only as researcher, teacher, organizer, friend, but also as statesman and strategist - focusses on several major contemporary strategic issues central for advancing cardiovascular health. These include: 1. the importance of the North Karelia Project emphasis on mass prevention in the community, for combatting the cardiovascular disease epidemic; 2. the extensive data base for the population-wide strategy for CVD prevention; 3. the important independent contribution of dietary lipid, particularly dietary cholesterol to cardiovascular disease risk; 4. the important role of diet - especially high dietary Na and high dietary Na/K, caloric imbalance with consequent obesity, and heavy alcohol intake - in the causation of the mass occurrence in the population of blood pressure levels above optimal and the frank hypertension; 5. the ability to improve population life styles and patterns of life-style-related risk factors; 6. the relation of improvements in life style and life-style-related risk factors, achieved to date in countries like Finland and the U.S.A., to the declines in cardiovascular disease mortality in these countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-155
Number of pages15
JournalAnnals of Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989


  • Cardiovascular
  • Cholesterol
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Dietary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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