Letters

Health checks and coronary risk

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7036.974a (Published 13 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:974

Effect of health checks was underplayed

  1. Jeffrey Graham
  1. Honorary consultant in public health medicine Department of Public Health, Barnet Health Agency, Colindale Hospital, London NW9 5HG

    EDITOR,—P Hanlon and colleagues unduly underplay the results of their randomised controlled trial of health checks to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.1 In fact, the outcome is remarkably good: it is not a “small effect.”

    A 10% reduction in serum cholesterol concentration reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by 54% at age 40, falling to 20% at age …

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