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Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease: the scale of the problem

Edited by D. John Betteridge

in Hyperlipidaemia

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199543502
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607204 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199543502.003.0001

Series: Oxford Cardiology Library

Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease: the scale of the problem

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• The epidemic of cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been and still is very dynamic and heterogeneous when comparing time trends and mortality rates in different places of the world. • Age-standardized CVD mortality rates have declined in some countries, mainly due to a better management of the essential risk factors. • Unfavourable trends in CVD incidence are found and foreseen in developing countries due to demographic and to adverse lifestyle changes. • Comprehensive CVD prevention strategies are needed to promote primary prevention and better implementation of effective preventive actions in patients with established CVD.

Chapter.  2944 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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