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May 7, 2003

Improving Risk of Coronary Heart Disease: Can a Picture Make the Difference?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Departments of Preventive Medicine and Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill.

JAMA. 2003;289(17):2270-2272. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2270

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