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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1978 July; 28(192): 407-411, 413.
PMCID: PMC2158794

The primary prevention of atherosclerosis in general practice *


The prevention of atherosclerosis, especially ischaemic heart disease, in general practice is important. The evidence for and against the various risk factors is reviewed, and the rationale for screening and health education is examined. I conclude that health education and screening for risk factors are likely to be more successful in decreasing morbidity and mortality than treating established disease.

There are arguments for and against screening and health education and about the effectiveness of various schemes. Much of the routine work of health education and screening can be carried out by suitably trained health visitors, practice nurses, or community nurses.

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