Author Affiliations: Dr Winker is a Senior Editor of JAMA.
From the fatty streaks
found on the arterial wall in adolescence1 to the
cardiovascular disorders that create a greater burden of disease than
any other noninfectious cause,2 nearly everyone is affected
in some way by atherosclerosis. According to a recent Institute of
Medicine report,2 cardiovascular disease is "the primary
noncommunicable health problem throughout the developing world."
Economic development enables developing nations to control communicable
diseases, allowing atherosclerosis to emerge as the primary cause of
cardiovascular disease. The adoption of Western diet, sedentary
lifestyle, and tobacco use ensure that cardiovascular disease will
become an "emerging epidemic,"2 with atherosclerosis as
the major culprit.
Winker MA. The Emerging Epidemic of AtherosclerosisCall for Papers. JAMA. 1999;281(1):84-85. doi:10.1001/jama.281.1.84