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May 17, 1971

Coronary Artery Disease in Combat Casualties in Vietnam

Author Affiliations

From the Trauma Study Section, US Army Medical Research Team, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Vietnam. Dr. McNamara is now with University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu. Dr. Molot is now in private practice in Milwaukee. Dr. Stremple is now with University of Pittsburgh school of Medicine. COL R. Cutting is now with Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, DC.

JAMA. 1971;216(7):1185-1187. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180330061012

Postmortem coronary angiography and dissection of hearts from 105 United States soldiers killed in Vietnam demonstrate that (1) 45% have some evidence of atherosclerosis; (2) 5% have gross evidence of severe coronary atherosclerosis; and (3) no patient had angiographic evidence of severe coronary narrowing, and in only one patient was any degree of stenosis observed.

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