The aim of the 2nd Course of the International School of Cardi ology at "Ettore Majorana" was the discussion, scientific analysis, and critical appraisal of primary and secondary prevention in cardi ology, especially concerning the coronary artery disease. The predictive value of different risk factors, the problem of heredity, sociological and psychological perspectives, the impact of antiarrhythmic therapy, and the prevention of sudden death were only some of the many topics discussed. Others, such as physical activity in primary and secondary prevention, the role of coronary bypass surgery in decreasing the mortality rate, the effects of drugs and comprehensive intervention programmes, as well as a critical appraisal of therapy in cardiac failure were given special attention. In organizing this second Course, it was again a privilege and a challenge for the programme directors to conduct a scientific event which, as was demonstrated at the first course, represented an original and new approach to teaching. The illustrious international faculty, composed of well known scientists and experts in their fields, has contributed to the high academic level and quality of the lectures and the following discussions. In our opinion, this successful undertaking would not have achieved its purpose and originality without the beautiful surround ing scenery and tranquility of Erice. We should like to express our gratitude to the director of the Centre, Prof. Zichichi, and the Secretary of "Ettore Majorana," Dr.
Table of ContentsHeredity, Atherosclerosis and Coronary Heart Disease.- Primary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease.- Primary Prevention Trials of Coronary Heart Disease.- Controlling Coronary Risk Factors in the Community.- Preventive Approach to Coronary Heart Disease in Physician’s Practice, Hospital Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Community Health Care.- Multivariate Prediction of Coronary Heart Disease.- Screening for Early Detection of Asymptomatic Coronary Artery Disease (Secondary Prevention): An Approach to Cost/Benefit and Cost/Effectiveness Analysis.- Physical Activity in the Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease.- Prevention of Sudden Death: Selection of Patients at Risk.- The Influence of Psychosocial Stresses on Sudden Death.- Prevention of Sudden Death: Role of Antiarrhythmic Therapy.- Possibilities of Pharmacological Prevention of Sudden Death.- Myocardial Infarction and Sudden Death After Coronary Artery Surgery.- Asymptomatic Myocardial Ischemia in Coronary Patients with Stable Angina Pectoris.- Physical Activity and Physical Fitness in Primary and Secondary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease.- The Secondary Preventive Effect of Comprehensive Coronary Care.- Coronary Artery Surgery: Randomized Controlled Trials Indispensable.- Surgery for Myocardial Ischemia and Complications of Myocardial Infarction.- Surgery for Myocardial Ischemia: Present Indications, Technical Aspects and Results. An Analysis of 26,404 Patients.- Surgical Modification of Mortality from Coronary Artery Disease.- Dissecting Aortic Aneurysms: Prospects of Medical and Surgical Therapy.- The Role of Cardiac Pacing in Heart Block Complicating Acute Myocardial Infarction.- How to Prevent Heart Failure?.- The Use of BetaBlockers in Secondary Prevention.- Clinical Use of Beta-Blockers and CalciumEntry Blockers in Stable Angina Pectoris.- Platelet Function and Coagulation in Secondary Prevention of Ischemic Heart Disease.