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ANCHOR LEAD:  PROPERLY ASSESSING CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE HAS GLOBAL HEALTH IMPLICATIONS, ELIZAB ETH TRACEY REPORTS

Identifying coronary artery blockages that are likely to lead to heart attacks very early is one objective of a recently launched international study led by Johns Hopkins researchers.  Joao Lima, study lead, says the importance of this health issue cannot be overestimated.

LIMA: In the large scope of things coronary artery disease is fast becoming the main cause of death and disability not only in the industrialized world but in the developing world as well.  In India coronary artery disease has become the number one killer in the last two years because developing countries adopt Western diets and Western standards of living and therefore become very susceptible to atherosclerosis.    :31

The study aims to distinguish between blockages that may abate with medications and diet and lifestyle changes and those that need immediate intervention.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

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