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Cardiovascular disease threatens developing countries

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1032
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Cardiovascular disease is a far greater public health problem in developing countries than previously realised, particularly in younger people, says a report published this week.

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    Tobacco consumption has to be tackled to reduce heart disease in developing countries

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    The report combined population estimates for five lower to middle income countries—Brazil, South Africa, the Russian republic of Tatarstan, India, and China—with current death rates and workforce data to calculate the effects of cardiovascular disease on society and …

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