May 8, 1981

Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease

JAMA. 1981;245(18):1852-1853. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310430044022

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Since the release last year of the Surgeon General's report "Health Promotion and Disease Prevention," also titled "Healthy People," there has been a well-orchestrated effort to involve much of the medical body politic—the profession, its specialty societies, and the voluntary health organizations—in a campaign to heighten the preventive medicine attack on the now well-recognized risk factors for chronic disease. On Sept 27 and 28, 1980, a Bethesda, Md, conference on the prevention of coronary heart disease was held at the American College of Cardiology's Heart House, as part of this effort. It focused on the role of practicing physicians in preventive cardiology. The Centers for Disease Control and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) also cosponsored the meeting, which included representation from 20 other interested national organizations, including the American Medical Association, the International Society and Federation of Cardiology, and the World Health Organization. Jeremiah Stamler, MD, and