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Reducing risk factors could eradicate CHD

A major study has shown that reducing population levels of high total cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking could effectively 'eradicate' coronary heart disease.

The results, from the British Regional Heart Study, found more than 75 per cent of CHD cases could be attributed to all three risk factors and 85 per cent of CHD events by one or more of the risk factors.

The study, funded by the British Heart Foundation, the Department of Health and the Stroke Association, followed up 3,689 men in 1998/2000 from a cohort recruited in 1978/80.

The study authors said it was previously thought that the three risk factors could

only explain around half of CHD cases: 'These results challenge the idea that new risk factors have an important role to play in causing CHD.'

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