Author Affiliation: Departments of Preventive Medicine and Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill.
Great progress has been made in understanding the causes of coronary
heart disease (CHD) and in reducing the toll of the CHD epidemic.1 Following identification of the major CHD risk factors
(smoking, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, and family history)
during the 1950s through the 1970s, clinical trials in the 1980s and beyond
proved the clinical benefits of treating them. Prevention of CHD is no longer
a dream; it is a reality.2
Greenland P. Improving Risk of Coronary Heart DiseaseCan a Picture Make the Difference?. JAMA. 2003;289(17):2270-2272. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2270