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December 2, 2009

Challenges to Improve Coronary Heart Disease Risk Assessment

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Cardiology and Epidemiology and Global Health, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia; and Epidemiology and Genetics Section, Atlanta VA Medical Center, Atlanta.

JAMA. 2009;302(21):2369-2370. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1765

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is common and includes the diagnoses angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, and coronary disease death. Predicting the first occurrence of these events is important and may affect clinical decisions and care. It can be expected that more than a third of adult Americans will develop CHD during their lifetime,1 and improvements in diagnosis and care may provide great benefits.