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Cardiovascular risk: a UK priority—it’s time to act
  1. Martin Cowie, Guest Editor
  1. Cardiac Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, Dovehouse Street, London SW3 6LY, UK

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Cardiovascular disease remains the main cause of death in the UK, accounting for around four out of 10 of all deaths, more than 235 000 deaths each year.1 Perhaps more importantly, it accounts for about 36% of premature deaths in men and 28% of premature deaths in women.

Despite a growing understanding of the pathophysiology and causes of cardiovascular disease, and an ever improving ability to treat it, this death toll is likely to continue rising worldwide.

Yet as the World Health Organization’s World Health Report 2002 illustrates, more than 50% of deaths and disability from heart disease and strokes could …

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