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March 26, 2007

Low Risk—and the “No More Than 50%” Myth/Dogma

Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(6):537-539. doi:10.1001/archinte.167.6.537

Medical myths/dogmas die hard. Researchers creating a new body of knowledge for prevention and control of the coronary heart disease–cardiovascular disease (CHD-CVD) epidemic had to disprove and displace the following successive myths/dogmas (among others):

All these are now bygone notions, refuted by massive data, but other long-standing myths/dogmas about the CHD-CVD epidemic persist, slowing progress. The report from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study in this issue of the ARCHIVES2 presents valuable findings further documenting that yet another myth/dogma—still bruited about—is contrary to scientific fact: