Echocardiographic screening for rheumatic heart disease in high and low risk Australian children.

@article{Roberts2014EchocardiographicSF,
  title={Echocardiographic screening for rheumatic heart disease in high and low risk Australian children.},
  author={Kathryn Roberts and Graeme Paul Maguire and Alex Dh Brown and David Atkinson and Bo Rem{\'e}nyi and Gavin R Wheaton and Andrew O. Kelly and Raman Krishna Kumar and Jiunn-Yih Su and Jonathan Carapetis},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={2014},
  volume={129 19},
  pages={1953-61}
}
BACKGROUND Echocardiographic screening for rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is becoming more widespread, but screening studies to date have used different echocardiographic definitions. The World Heart Federation has recently published new criteria for the echocardiographic diagnosis of RHD. We aimed to establish the prevalence of RHD in high-risk Indigenous Australian children using these criteria and to compare the findings with a group of Australian children at low risk for RHD. METHODS AND… CONTINUE READING
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