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Knowledge of cardiothoracic ratio adds to cardiovascular risk stratification

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 07 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1321
  1. Carole Hart, Research assistant (,
  2. George Davey Smith, Professor of clinical epidemiology
  1. Department of Public Health, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8RZ
  2. Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PR

    EDITOR—Hemingway et al report that cardiothoracic ratio in healthy middle aged men predicted coronary heart disease, using data from 1203 men in the Whitehall study.1This increased risk was mainly restricted to men with the greatest cardiothoracic ratio, with little evidence of a dose-response association. We have repeated the analysis on 5734 men from the west of Scotland collaborative study, 2 3 who were aged 35-64 when they were screened in 1970-3 and had …

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