Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease: Diet, Lifestyle and Risk Factors in the Seven Countries Study

  • Daan Kromhout
  • Alessandro Menotti
  • Henry Blackburn

Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 243)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Background and the Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases

  3. Diet, Lifestyle and Coronary Heart Disease

  4. Biological Risk Factors and Coronary Heart Disease

  5. Implications of Findings of the Seven Countries Study

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Alessandro Menotti, Daan Kromhout
      Pages 229-239
    3. Henry Blackburn
      Pages 251-253
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 255-267

About this book


In the 1940s I was struck by reports about many apparently healthy middle-aged men who dropped dead instantly from heart attacks. The causes of these sudden deaths were unknown. I was interested to discover physio-chemical characteristics of individuals with predictive value for the occurrence of these fatal heart attacks. The discovery ofpreventive variables would point ways to prevent this disease. In order to find relationships between mode of life and susceptibility to heart disease contrasting populations had to be studied. Variety - not a high degree of homogeneity in culture and habits - must be sought. After exploratory surveys in countries with supposed differences in dietary patterns, lifestyle and heart disease rates in the early 1950s, the Seven Countries Study took off in 1958. This study established relationships between risk factors and development of heart disease in middle-aged men in health examined in countries with cultures we demonstrated to contrast in diet and lifestyle. The results obtained in the Seven Countries Study from its inception till now are presented in this book entitled: "Prevention ofcoronary heart disease. Diet, lifestyle and risk factors in the Seven Countries Study. " Long ago I realized that our concern should not be restricted to the prevention of coronary heart disease but should be extended to all diseases and premature death.


blood pressure cardiology cardiovascular coronary heart disease heart heart disease vascular disease

Editors and affiliations

  • Daan Kromhout
    • 1
  • Alessandro Menotti
    • 2
  • Henry Blackburn
    • 3
  1. 1.Director Nutrition and Consumer Safety DivisionNational Institute of Public Health and the EnvironmentBilthovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Association for Cardiac Research CardioricercaRomeItaly
  3. 3.Division of EpidemiologySchool of Public Health University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5402-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1117-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0166-9842
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