Paper published on impact of maternal heart disease in Uganda

Andrea Beaton, left, the article’s lead author, at the Rheumatic Heart Disease Clinic in Gulu, Uganda, together with Imaging the World president Kristen Destigter.

Andrea Beaton, left, the article’s lead author, at the Rheumatic Heart Disease Clinic in Gulu, Uganda, together with Imaging the World president Kristen Destigter.

An article on the impact of maternal heart conditions on the outcome of pregnancies has been published in Heart, a major peer-reviewed international journal published by the British Cardiovascular Society.

Read the Article Abstract

In this two-year study, conducted at three Ugandan health clinics, over 3500 pregnant women were screened for heart disease and the outcome of their pregnancies were tracked. The study showed that the relative risk of neonatal death was 5.3 times higher among babies born to women with heart disease.

Cardiovascular complications also occurred in 51% of the pregnant women with heart disease, most commonly heart failure, according to the abstract of the study published in Heart (www.heart.bmj.com). Only 3.4% of women in the study had prior diagnosis of their heard condition.

The study shows that early diagnosis and treatment of heart disease is critical to lowering child mortality rates in low-resource countries such as Uganda.

The article’s authors are Andrea Beaton, Amy Mar Ie Scheel, Kristen Destigter, Emmy Okello, Renny Ssembatya, Alyssa Dewyer, and Craig Sable. The study was conducted by 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).

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