Atherosclerosis and Risk Factors

  • Nisl H. Sternby


In 1969 (Fig. 1), a population-related clinical study of cardiovascular diseases was performed in Malmö, Sweden, on men born in even months during 1914. The main purpose was to evaluate the role of smoking, especially in the development of peripheral arterial disease. During the next 5 years, 41 men died and 33 of those were subject to detailed autopsies, including collection of various arteries. Overall mortality was 5.8%, but only 2.3% of the non-smokers and ex-smokers died, whereas 8.0% of the smokers died. Smoking was especially associated with death from neoplasia: only 0.4% of the non-smokers and ex-smokers, but 3.4% of the smokers died of cancer. Corresponding figures for cardiovascular diseases were 1.1% and 2.3%, respectively. Hypertension was associated with increased frequency of cardiovascular death, whereas hyperlipidemia was as common among subjects dying of neoplasia as among those dying of cardiovascular diseases.

Figure 1.

Number of cases studied clinically and at autopsy


Peripheral Arterial Disease Water Hardness Coronary Risk Factor Obese Person Aortic Calcification 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1977

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