Preventive cardiology in practice: A device for risk estimation and counseling in coronary disease

R. Douglas Thorsen, David R Jacobs Jr, Richard H. Grimm, Ancel Keys, Henry Taylor, Henry Blackburn

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A method for the rapid estimation and display of coronary risk is used in counseling and for following progress in the practice of preventive cardiology. The estimator is a slide rule which computes risk of a future coronary event based on current age, smoking habit, serum cholesterol, and blood pressure levels. The device also displays estimated change in risk based on change in risk factors. The estimates are explained to clients as gross approximations. The slide rule is helpful in personalizing the need and the potential of preventive efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)548-556
Number of pages9
JournalPreventive medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1979

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’ This work was supported in part by the American Heart Association, Minnesota Affiliate, Grant MBO-71-75E, and by a gift from the Professional Education Section of Upjohn Company, and by Public Health Research Grant HLO0287. 2 Address for reprints: Richard H. Grimm, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene, School of Public Health, 611 Beacon St., S.E., Stadium Gate 27, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. 55455.


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