Author(s): Ladipo GO, Froude JR, Parry EH
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Abstract The pattern of heart disease in 404 patients seen prospectively from the guinea savanna region of Africa is presented. Over 90\% presented with cardiac failure. Hypertension, Peripartal Cardiac Failure (PPCF), Congestive Cardiomyopathy and Rheumatic Heart Disease are major problems. The highest incidence of PPCF in the world probably occurs in this area but the prognosis is good. The reasons for this and the possible interrelationship of hypertension with cardiomyopathy and PPCF are discussed. In contrast to the tropical rainforests, no case of endomyocardial fibrosis was seen. During the period of study, vascular thrombosis is uncommon and coronary heart disease is non-existent in Zaria.
This article was published in Afr J Med Med Sci
and referenced in Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology