Table of Contents

Cardiovascular diseases : a global public health challenge.
Distributions and disparities.
Atherosclerosis.
Coronary heart disease.
Stroke.
Related conditions.
Genes and environment.
Dietary imbalance.
Physical inactivity.
Obesity.
Adverse blood lipid profile.
High blood pressure.
Diabetes and the metabolic syndrome.
Smoking and other tobacco use.
Other personal factors.
Social and physical environment.
What causes cardiovascular diseases?.
Strategies of prevention.
Evidence and decision making.
Recommendations, guidelines, and policies.
The case for prevention.
Taking action.
Epidemiology and a CVD prevention research agenda.