Coronary artery disease in US may no longer be declining

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 14 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:347
  1. New York
  1. 1Janice Hopkins Tanne

    The US decline in coronary artery disease may have ended in the mid 1990s and the disease may even be increasing, reports an unusually comprehensive autopsy study from the Mayo Clinic and the University of British Columbia.

    “Our finding that temporal declines in the grade of coronary artery disease at autopsy have ended, together with suggestive evidence that declines have recently reversed, provides some of the first data to support increasing concerns that declines in heart disease mortality may not continue,” the authors write.

    A possible reason may be the recent epidemics of obesity and diabetes, which began at about the time when coronary artery disease blockages in their study …

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