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Lifestyle change helped to halve number of Americans dying from heart disease

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4198 (Published 04 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4198
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1Milan

    Americans have halved their risk of dying from coronary heart disease in just 20 years largely by smoking less, monitoring blood cholesterol, and treating high blood pressure, a major survey indicates.

    While treating existing heart disease also helped reduce mortality, prevention played by far the biggest part, says new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2010.05.009).

    The researchers gathered data on total cholesterol concentrations, systolic blood pressure, and smoking prevalence from the national health and nutrition examination survey, a yearly poll representing the entire US population, with data taken from 1980 through to 2000. They entered those statistics into a modelling system …

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