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Rheumatic heart disease in Asia

Carapetis, Jonathan R. (2008). Rheumatic heart disease in Asia. Circulation,118(25):2748-2753.

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IRMA ID 10414xPUB62
Title Rheumatic heart disease in Asia
Author Carapetis, Jonathan R.
Journal Name Circulation
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 118
Issue Number 25
ISSN 1524-4539   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 2748
End Page 2753
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Field of Research 1103 - Clinical Sciences
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract A few years ago, my colleagues and I conducted a systematic review of data relating to the global burden of group A streptococcal diseases.1,2 Population-based data on rheumatic heart disease prevalence from 1985 through 2002 were included. We estimated that there were a minimum of 15.6 million people in the world with rheumatic heart disease, with 282 000 new cases each year and 233 000 resultant deaths each year; however, we also noted that the estimates of the number of cases in school-aged children in China (176 500) and Asia Other (102 000; Asia excluding South-Central Asia and China) were based on very few studies, none of which used echocardiography to confirm the presence of rheumatic heart disease lesions. Moreover, 5 of the 6 studies included in the Asia Other estimate came from 1 country, the Philippines. We therefore urged caution in interpreting these data from Asia, other than South-Central Asia, and concluded that there was an urgent need for more population-based data from this part of the world. In the 5 years since that review was compiled, more data have emerged to clarify the burden of rheumatic heart disease in Asia, which will be summarized here. Clinical Perspective p 2753 Methods The previous report included Medline searches and other searches to retrieve articles from 1980 to 2002 with population-based studies of rheumatic heart disease prevalence. To update these data for the present study, a Medline search was conducted with the terms rheumatic fever or rheumatic heart disease and Asia …
Keywords rheumatic heart disease
Asia
burden of illness
epidemiology
echocardiography
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.108.774307   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)


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