Heart disease and pregnancy study presented at Brazil conference

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Some of the first epidemiological data on Rheumatic Heart Disease in adults in sub‑Saharan Africa has been documented in a landmark study that was presented in October at the World Congress Of Gynecology And Obstetrics in Brazil (FIGO XXII).

The study reveals a high prevalence of undiagnosed heart disease in pregnant women who seek prenatal care. The outcomes of these pregnancy were poor compared to women who did not have heart disease. The study shows that primary prevention and early diagnosis and treatment of maternal cardiovascular disease is critical if maternal health is to be improved and infant mortality reduced.

The study was conducted as a collaboration between Imaging the World, Imaging the World Africa (Kampala, Uganda), Children’s National Hospital (Washington DC), the University of Vermont, and the Uganda Heart Institute (Kampala, Uganda).

Imaging the World Africa was represented at the conference by Ssembatya Renny and Owani Collins. The Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC was represented by Amy Scheel. Kristen DeStigter represented the University of Vermont and Imaging the World USA.

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