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Fall in deaths from heart disease may be ending as Canada sees a rise in prevalence

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3001 (Published 23 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3001
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

    The prevalence of cardiovascular disease is rising in adults younger than 50 and people of lower socioeconomic status, a study has found (CMAJ 2009 Jul 20, doi:10.1503/cmaj.081629).

    “Our results indicate that young people are increasingly bearing the burden of cardiovascular risk factors,” said Douglas Lee, cardiologist and scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, and the study’s lead author. “This is an important group because they are the ones who will predict future heart disease, and earlier onset of cardiovascular disease means potentially longer and more intensive treatment over their lifetime.”

    The study sampled Canadians aged 12 years and older from all socioeconomic and ethnic groups from 1994 to 2005. The prevalence of heart …

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