To the steadily increasing number of studies of cholesterol in the blood in various clinical entities reported in the literature, we now add our investigation on the concentration of this lipid in the blood in heart disease.
MATERIAL AND METHODS
The subjects used in this study were chosen at random from the group of patients who had been attending the cardiac clinic for adults of the New York Post-Graduate Hospital for at least one year and for whom the etiologic diagnosis was reasonably certain. When the conditions were classified functionally according to the standards of the New York Heart Association, the cases fell, for the most part, into classes 2a and 2b, with an occasional case belonging to either class 3 or class 1. A total number of sixty-one patients were studied, eighteen of whom had rheumatic heart disease, twenty-four had arteriosclerotic heart disease and nineteen had hypertensive heart disease;