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Late presentation of rheumatic heart disease: a justification for renewal of preventive methods?
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PMID:  21532731     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Rheumatic heart disease continues to contribute greatly to the burden of cardiovascular disease in Sub-saharan Africa despite advances in medical care. Evidence suggests that the prevalence is far greater than reported. There is therefore the need to emphasize routine screening for at-risk subjects and to appropriately institute adequate therapy and other preventive measures to avert the late and awry manifestation of the disease as presented in this case. This is a case report of one of numerous cases that may eventually suffer the same fate if urgent preventive measures are not instituted. A 20-year old Nigerian woman with past history of recurrent sore throat and a 10-year history of recurrent easy fatiguability and markedly dilated left atrium and pulmonary hypertension presented when she developed severe pulmonary hypertension. A concerted action at all levels of prevention is needed to reduce the burden of this disease among the young population in developing countries.
Adeseye Abiodun Akintunde; Oladimeji George Opadijo
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Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-12-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Pan African medical journal     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1937-8688     ISO Abbreviation:  Pan Afr Med J     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-02     Completed Date:  2012-09-27     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101517926     Medline TA:  Pan Afr Med J     Country:  Uganda    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  22     Citation Subset:  -    
Cardiology Unit, Dept. of Medicine, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo Osun State, Nigeria.
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