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In order to be able to prevent disease, knowledge about the cause and pathogenesis is necessary. Some information regarding the cause of congenital heart disease, rheumatic heart disease, and some forms of arterial hypertension is available. At least some of these diseases ought to be preventable, although the knowledge has only been applied in some societies and with uncertain results.
The commonest cardiovascular disorders, atherosclerosis and arterial hypertension with their various clinical manifestations, still remain etiological enigmas. Some "risk factors" have been identified that characterize the individuals who are prone to early clinical disease and premature death. Interfering with these
Werkö L. The Lilly Lecture: Can We Prevent Heart Disease?. Ann Intern Med. ;72:775. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-5-775_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(5):775.
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