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Cardiologists call for pan-African initiative to tackle epidemic of heart disease and stroke

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 16 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1538
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    African countries are facing an epidemic of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes that requires urgent action by healthcare professionals and governments, urges a declaration published this week by cardiologists throughout the continent.

    The declaration, in the March and April issue of the Cardiovascular Journal of Africa (, calls for investment in the training of healthcare professionals in cardiovascular diseases relevant to Africa, supported by the development of centres of cardiovascular excellence at universities and hospitals throughout the continent. It also recommends greater efforts in prevention, in research into the heart diseases that specifically affect Africa and in surveillance systems for collecting more accurate data on the numbers of people affected.

    Rheumatic heart disease, which should be declining and could be eradicated, remains the most common form of heart disease in African …

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