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January 6,1999

The Emerging Epidemic of Atherosclerosis: Call for Papers

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Winker is a Senior Editor of JAMA.

JAMA. 1999;281(1):84-85. doi:10.1001/jama.281.1.84

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.