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WHO warns of heart disease threat to developing world

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 19 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:853
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The number of people who die or are disabled by heart disease and strokes could be halved with wider use of a combination of drugs that costs just $14 (£9; €14) a year, the World Health Organization has said.

    Every year 12 million people worldwide die from cardiovascular disease, according to the WHO, with most of them in the developing world. The organisation will be focusing on heart disease when it publishes its annual report at the end of the month.

    The report shows for the first time that the main risk …

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