Tackling social factors is key in reducing cardiovascular disease, say US heart doctors

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 10 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4333
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Dealing with the social determinants of health offers the greatest opportunities for reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the United States, says a policy statement by the American Heart Association released on 3 August.1

After three decades of decline the prevalence of CVD in the US is expected to rise by 10% from 2010 to 2030, partly driven by an ageing population but also by rising rates of obesity, hypertension, and physical inactivity, the statement said.

“Although there is no consensus on the precise causes of …

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