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Osteoporosis is a risk factor, not a disease

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 07 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:862
  1. K E Pearce (, general practitioner
  1. Harrow, Middlesex HA2 6HL

    EDITOR—The principal results of the Medical Research Council's trial of mild hypertension were published in 1985.1 Many at the time were disappointed by the modest benefits of treatment, particularly for the cardiovascular (as opposed to the cerebrovascular) system. This work has resulted in re-evaluating how to prevent stroke and myocardial infarction. Hypertension is not of course a disease but one of several risk factors for stroke and coronary heart disease, and we as doctors can now give …

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