Scope and Organization of a Lipid Clinic and Clinical Trials
It is well known that in the United States, the single greatest cause of death before age 65 is myocardial infarction due to coronary artery atherosclerosis. This also appears to be true for the Soviet Union, at least in its large urban communities. Data gathered in many countries have indicated that the probability of development of premature coronary artery disease is increased when certain “risk factors” are present. The most obvious of these include hyperlipidemia, cigarette smoking, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus. Quantitavely, hypercholesterolemia is perhaps the most important. Not only is extreme hypercholesterolemia associated with high risk, but even the “average” values believed to be present in Soviet and American populations are associated with higher risks than are the average levels in certain less industrialized societies.
KeywordsIschemic Heart Disease Magnetic Tape Premature Coronary Artery Disease Lipid Research Clinic Lipid Clinic
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