High Blood Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure: State of Knowledge Today and Implications for Prevention and Control of Epidemic Adult Cardiovascular Disease
This presentation aims to review the key data sets on the role of elevated serum cholesterol and elevated blood pressure in the production of mass premature coronary heart disease (CHD). Its purpose is to set down the information needed by the health professions and the general public to act effectively in the growing effort to control the contemporary CHD epidemic in the industrialized countries and to prevent its emergence in the developing countries. To aid in accomplishing this objective, a most useful document is the just published report of the World Health Organization Expert Committee on the Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease1This document summarizes current knowledge on these matters and on that basis presents an effective strategy for the health services and the general public for the effort to control this epidemic. (For an extensive review of the research literature in this field — i.e., the scientific basis of the preventive effort — see also the recently published Volume 2 of the Report of the Working Group on Arteriosclerosis of the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute2.
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