High prevalence of rheumatic heart disease by clinical and echocardiographic screening among children in Fiji.

@article{Steer2009HighPO,
  title={High prevalence of rheumatic heart disease by clinical and echocardiographic screening among children in Fiji.},
  author={Andrew C. Steer and Joseph H. Kado and Nigel J. Wilson and Timaima Tuiketei and Michael R Batzloff and Lepani Waqatakirewa and Edward Kim Mulholland and Jonathan Carapetis},
  journal={The Journal of heart valve disease},
  year={2009},
  volume={18 3},
  pages={327-35; discussion 336}
}
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in young people in developing countries. Many cases of RHD are first detected when they progress to cardiac failure. Screening for RHD represents a means of detecting cases early so that preventative measures to halt the disease progression can be put into place. METHODS A cross-sectional screening survey of RHD in 3,462 children aged 5 to 15 years in Fiji was performed in 2006. A… CONTINUE READING
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