Secondary Prevention in Coronary Artery Disease and Myocardial Infarction

  • Peter Mathes

Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 48)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. The Role of Risk Factors in Secondary Prevention

  3. The Role of Social Class in Secondary Prevention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. H. Gohlke, P. Betz, H. Roskamm
      Pages 47-53
    3. B. Weiss, K. Donat, W. J. Ziegler, K. Ivens, J. Schuchart
      Pages 61-66
  4. The Role of Medication in Secondary Prevention

  5. The Role of Physical Exercise in Secondary Prevention

  6. The Role of Psychosocial Factors in Secondary Prevention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. R. A. M. Erdman, H. J. Duivenvoorden, M. Kazemier
      Pages 233-238
    3. R. Hopf, J. Jordan
      Pages 239-249
  7. The Role of Reperfusion in Secondary Prevention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. G. Kober, C. Vallbracht, R. Hopf, B. Kunkel, M. Kaltenbach
      Pages 261-268
    3. N. Danchin, G. Ethevenot, M. Amor, J.-P. Godenir, G. Karcher, M. Cuilliere et al.
      Pages 269-276
    4. J. Gehring, W. Koenig, N. Wrana, P. Mathes
      Pages 283-291
    5. P. G. Hugenholtz, M. L. Simoons, P. W. Serruys, P. J. De Feyter, M. Van Den Brand, P. Fioretti
      Pages 315-326
    6. J. Meyer, R. Erbel, T. Pop, G. Schreiner, B. Henkel, K. Henrichs et al.
      Pages 327-337
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 339-342

About this book


Despite considerable effort in primary prevention, coronary heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the industrialized nations. The patient who survives his first myocardial infarction carries approximately a tenfold risk of recurrence and sudden death when compared to the normal population. The concept of secondary prevention, therefore, has emerged as an active strategy aimed at the reduction of fatal and non-fatal recurrences of myocardial infarction. Apart from risk factors of relevance in primary prevention, secondary prevention is dependent on the extent of the disease itself; in other words the number of vessels involved, the extent of myocar­ dial damage and the degree of electrical instability. Nonmedical aspects such as the level of education, the degree of social support and the attitude towards stress also appear to influence the prognosis. The aim of this volume is to bring together all those factors relevant to achieving the maximal life span in patients afflicted with a disease that by its very nature is a lifelong process. However, as the late Paul Dudley White stated appropriately more than 40 years ago, it is not sufficient merely to add years to a life, one should also add life to the years. This concept truly is the nucleus of secondary prevention, sine only a life worth living generates the motivitation needed to take all the steps necessary in secondary pre­ vention. The authors and the editor are most grateful to Pharma Schwarz Inc.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Mathes
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Klinik HöhenriedCenter for Cardiac RehabilitationBernried (Obb.)Germany
  2. 2.Medical SchoolTechnical University of MunichMunichFederal Republic of Germany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8725-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5024-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0166-9842
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