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Rapid response to:


A cure for cardiovascular disease?

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 26 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1407

Rapid Response:

Hard to believe or accept

A cure for 80% of cardiovascular diseases for people over 55. So,
people will die from a more painful cancer. Is that it? The greater the
hype, the more I suspect it. No way can there be long term, 20-30 year
studies on this magic drug.

I've been subject to congenital heart disease my entire adult life.
My mom died from it when I was 15, and her mom had a lethal stroke when
she was 15. My blood pressure was 198/88 when I was 22.

I maintain my health with long distance bicycling, 30 miles, or 50
kilometers most days, and decent vegetarian eating.

Competing interests:  
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 July 2003
Mark S. Kern