Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a major cause of cardiovascular disease in developing nations, leading to more than 230,000 deaths annually. Most patients seek medical care only when long-term structural and hemodynamic complications have already occurred. Echocardiographic screenings ensure the early detection of asymptomatic subjects who could benefit from prophylaxis, monitoring and intervention, when appropriate. The aim of this study is to assess the feasibility of a screening program and the prevalence of RHD in a Ugandan orphanage.
Reference: Echocardiographic Screening for Rheumatic Heart Disease in a Ugandan Orphanage: Feasibility and Outcomes. Mapelli M, Zagni P, Calbi V, Fusini L, Twalib A, Ferrara R, Mattavelli I, Alberghina L, Salvioni E, Opira C, Kansiime J, Tamborini G, Pepi M, Agostoni P. Children (Basel). 2022 Sep 23;9(10):1451.