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Editorial
April 2017

Screening for Coronary Artery Disease at an Earlier Age

Author Affiliations
  • 1Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • 4Department of Medicine (Cardiology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Cardiol. 2017;2(4):357-358. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2016.5552

More than 60 years ago, Gertler et al1 first described the risk factors present in 100 individuals who experienced a myocardial infarction at an age younger than 40 years. They suggested that “efforts should be made to determine which individuals have the greatest tendencies to myocardial infarction.”1(p621) Despite remarkable advances in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease during the last 6 decades, the challenge to identify young individuals who are at risk for developing coronary heart disease (CHD) remains.

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