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Are polypills and population-based treatment the next big things?

By: Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing Cardiovascular disease (CVD), such as heart attack and stroke, is a leading cause of death and disability in the US. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are major risk factors for CVD, and even though they are quite common and highly treatable, they tend to be undertreated. This is especially true among those who are poor or members of a minority. Itís estimated that thousands…

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