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Cardiovascular disease in South America: Current status and opportunities for prevention
  1. Alvaro Avezum, Jr (avezum{at}yahoo.com)
  1. Dante Pazzanese Institute Of Cardiology, Brazil
    1. Juarez Braga (juarezbraga{at}terra.com.br)
    1. Dante Pazzanese Institute Of Cardiology, Brazil
      1. Italo Souza Santos (italo{at}dantepazzanese.org.br)
      1. Dante Pazzanese Institute Of Cardiology, Brazil
        1. Hélio P Guimarães (heliopg{at}yahoo.com.br)
        1. Dante Pazzanese Institute Of Cardiology, Brazil
          1. José A Marin-neto (marin_neto{at}yahoo.com)
          1. Cardiology Division, School Of Medicine, SãO Paulo University, RibeirãO Preto, Brazil
            1. Leopoldo S Piegas (lpiegas{at}uol.com.br)
            1. Dante Pazzanese Institute Of Cardiology, Brazil

              Abstract

              In this article, we reviewed the available scientific evidence on cardiovascular disease and risk factors in South America, calling the attention on the need for population preventive programs to improve cardiovascular health in the region. South America now faces three major demographic shifts: population growth, which has slowed recently, dropping in 2006 to a rate of 1.2% per year, the striking urbanization that leads people to migrate in search of employment and better living conditions, and aging.

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