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Better coronary care reduces deaths from heart disease

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 04 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:600
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Improvements in the care given to people with coronary heart disease have contributed more to reducing deaths from the condition than reduction in risk factors in the general population, the results of a 10 year monitoring study show.

    In May last year the first results of the World Health Organization's MONICA project (which monitors trends in and determinants of cardio-vascular disease) across 21 countries showed that deaths from cardiovascular disease had fallen by more than 20% in men and women between the mid-1980s and the mid-1990s.

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