Health promotion in general practiceBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6932.853b (Published 26 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:853
- David Wood,
- Stephen Pyke,
- Ann-Louise Kinmonth,
- Simon Thompson
- British Family Heart Study Group, National Heart and Lung Institute, London SW3 6LY.
Authors' reply: British family heart study
Editor,--The British family heart study entailed intensive intervention graded in relation to overall coronary risk. As well as following up individually high risk factors, it resulted in a 12% reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease. If this reduction was sustained--a crucial and untested assumption --it could lead to an 8% reduction in non-fatal myocardial infarction and coronary death in the population. This potential difference in cardiac events between the intervention and comparison groups would be in addition to the secular downward trend in morbidity and mortality due to coronary heart disease (rather …