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Poor countries must promote healthy choices to reduce heart disease mortality

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 24 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1658
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world, and 80% of this mortality occurs in low and middle income countries. But a huge discrepancy exists between the burden of disease and efforts to reduce the number of deaths.

    A new report from the US Institute of Medicine aims to address those challenges in feasible and practical ways, said Valentine Fuster, a cardiovascular specialist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, who chaired the committee that wrote the report, released on 22 March.

    “It is important to recognise that there is no single strategy that will work everywhere, so it is …

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