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Heart disease prevention should not be left to professionals

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7386.416/c (Published 22 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:416
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Information to prevent heart disease must be taken to workplaces, schools, and religious institutions, not left to health professionals, says a new guideline from the American Heart Association.

    The guideline complements the national action plan for cardiovascular health, to be issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in April (Circulation 2003;107:645-51 and http://www.circulationaha.org/).

    “Heart disease kills half the people in a community,” said lead author Dr Thomas Pearson, chairman of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at the …

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