Behavioral Approaches to Primary and Secondary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease

  • James A. Blumenthal
  • Matthew M. Burg
  • Steven F. Roark


Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a chronic, progressive disease widely prevalent in industrial societies, including the United States. More than 3,400 Americans suffer myocardial infarctions each day, incurring an annual estimated economic cost of $60 billion. A first step in the prevention of this disease has been the identification of characteristics, or risk factors, that are present in individuals prone to develop CHD. Epidemiological studies have found these factors to include a family history of heart disease, elevations in blood pressure and serum cholesterol, cigarette smoking, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and the Type A behavior pattern.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James A. Blumenthal
    • 1
    • 2
  • Matthew M. Burg
    • 1
    • 2
  • Steven F. Roark
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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