Journal Article

Coronary heart disease risk in Japan – an East/West divide?

T Kita

in European Heart Journal Supplements

Published on behalf of European Society of Cardiology

Volume 6, issue suppl_A, pages A8-A11
Published in print March 2004 | ISSN: 1520-765X
Published online March 2004 | e-ISSN: 1554-2815 | DOI:
Coronary heart disease risk in Japan – an East/West divide?

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Lower rates of coronary heart disease (CHD) and other cardiovascular disease in the Japanese population compared with the US and other Western populations suggest the possibility of genetic differences that confer some protection from such disease in Japanese people. However, lifestyle changes in Japan in recent decades have been accompanied by the increasing prevalence of hypercholesterolaemia and diabetes, and recent data indicate an increase in prevalence of ischaemic heart disease. Studies in Japan have indicated a strong relationship between hypercholesterolaemia and CHD. Close attention must be devoted to what appears to be a growing risk for cardiovascular disease in the Japanese population.

Keywords: Coronary heart disease; Japanese; Hypercholesterolaemia; Cardiovascular risk; Western; Diabetes

Journal Article.  1537 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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