Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 21, 2012
Rheumatic heart disease is significantly under-treated in Africa and India
Rheumatic heart disease is significantly under-treated in Africa and India according to the preliminary findings of a new global study presented today at the World Congress of Cardiology.

Screening programs detect cases of undiagnosed rheumatic heart disease in low-resource countries
Widespread screening of children in poorer countries is now being studied and is resulting in the diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease in patients that would likely have gone undetected under normal circumstances, according to two new studies carried out in Fiji and Uganda presented today at the World Congress of Cardiology.

Tax on salt could reduce cardiovascular disease deaths by 3 percent
Voluntary industry reductions in salt content and taxation on products containing salt in 19 developing countries could reduce the number of deaths each year from cardiovascular disease by 2-3 percent in these countries.

Additional blood pressure screening may reduce incidence of CVD events and death by up to 3 percent
A 25 percent increase in high blood pressure screening in 19 developing countries would reduce the number of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events and deaths that occur each year by up to 3 percent in these countries.
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