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Prevention and treatment of rheumatic heart disease in the developing world

Steer, A. C. and Carapetis, Jonathan R. (2009). Prevention and treatment of rheumatic heart disease in the developing world. Nature Reviews Cardiology,6(11):689-698.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 10414xPUB40
Title Prevention and treatment of rheumatic heart disease in the developing world
Author Steer, A. C.
Carapetis, Jonathan R.
Journal Name Nature Reviews Cardiology
Publication Date 2009
Volume Number 6
Issue Number 11
ISSN 1759-5002   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 689
End Page 698
Total Pages 10
Place of Publication US
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The prevalence of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in industrialized countries has declined dramatically over the last century, but the disease remains an important global health problem with the burden of disease shouldered by developing countries. Indeed, data from epidemiologic surveys, which used echocardiography as the primary screening tool, indicate that the prevalence of RHD in developing nations might have been substantially underestimated. Despite the high burden of disease globally, there has never been a sustained and comprehensive international strategy to control RHD. The current focus of global efforts to combat the disease is on strengthening secondary prophylaxis strategies, although very few active national programs have been implemented. RHD will continue to cause high morbidity and mortality among the world's poorest populations unless current prevention initiatives expand and new programs are established.
 
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