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April 17, 2013

Combination Therapy to Prevent Cardiovascular DiseaseSlow Progress

JAMA. 2013;309(15):1595-1596. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.3180

Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of mortality and morbidity globally and affects half of all individuals over their lifetimes.1 The burden of cardiovascular disease in developing countries is increasing substantially, and cardiovascular disease is becoming the leading cause of death.1 The concept of combining antihypertensive drugs, a statin, and aspirin into a single, fixed-dose, combination pill to prevent myocardial infarction and stroke is now a dozen years old, but still no such pill is licensed in most countries.

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