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Journal of the American College of Cardiology

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CVD risk factors on the rise

Over the past decade or more, the prevalence of traditional risk factors for atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases has increased in the developing world, along with the rates of coronary and cerebrovascular events, according to a report published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.1

The report’s authors review the prevalences and patterns of major cardiovascular diseases in the developing world, as well as potential opportunities provided by early disease detection.

Techniques for the early detection of arterial damage have provided important insights into disease patterns and pathogenesis and especially the effects of progressive urbanisation on cardiovascular risk in these populations, say the authors.

Certain other diseases affecting the cardiovascular system remain prevalent and important causes of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in developing countries, they add, including the cardiac effects of rheumatic heart disease and the vascular effects of malaria.

Imaging and functional studies of early cardiovascular changes in those disease processes have also recently been published by various groups, allowing consideration of screening and early treatment opportunities, they say.


1. Celermajer DS, Chow CK, Marijon E, Anstey NM, Woo KS. Cardiovascular disease in the developing world prevalences, patterns, and the potential of early disease detection.  J Am Coll Cardiol 2012.

Published on: September 27, 2012

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