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Dr. Salim Yusuf MD, MRCP was medically qualified in Bangalore in 1976. Dr. Yusuf received a Rhodes scholarship and obtained a DPhil from Oxford, He is a Professor, Department of Medicine, Joint Member, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McMaster University, and Executive Director at the Population Health Research Institute. Dr. Yusuf holds a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Research Chair and is President of the World Heart Federation. Dr. Yusuf’s recent interests include societal, biologic, and genetic determinants of population health in developing populations, and his studies involve over 86 countries in all the inhabited continents of the world. He has published over 800 articles in refereed journals, and was noted as the second most cited researcher in the world in 2011.
Yusuf, S., Koon, T., Anand, S. (2014) Cardiovascular Risk and Events in 17 Low, Middle and High Income Countries. New England Journal of Medicine, 371, 818-827.
Background of study: More than 80% of deaths from cardiovascular disease are estimated to occur in low-income and middle-income countries, but the reasons are unknown.
Conclusions: Although the risk-factor burden was lowest in low-income countries, the rates of major cardiovascular disease and death were substantially higher in low-income countries than in high-income countries. The high burden of risk factors in high-income countries may have been mitigated by better control of risk factors and more frequent use of proven pharmacologic therapies and revascularization