In Vermont, where deaths attributed to cardiovascular disease have been running slightly higher than the national average, a new type of heart disease control program is scheduled to start next Jan 1.
The program being developed is for the primary prevention of coronary heart disease, Duane E. Graveline, MD, told the Preventive Cardiology Seminar at Stowe, Vt.
Dr. Graveline, director of the chronic illness control division in the Vermont State Department of Health, explained:
"Basically our program provides the framework so that any physician in the state desiring assistance in the identification and management of coronary-prone patients may refer such individuals to testing facilities at the department of medicine, University of Vermont."
All arrangements will be initiated by the individual's private physician, Robert B. Aiken, MD, Vermont State Commissioner of Health, told JAMAMedical News.
"We see this as a service Complementing the private physician," Dr. Aiken said. "Therapy is