Cardiovascular medicine and research in sub-Saharan Africa: challenges and opportunities

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Africa is witnessing an epidemic of cardiovascular disease (CVD), with staggering morbidity and mortality. The spectrum of CVD includes hypertension, rheumatic heart disease, cardiomyopathy, atherosclerotic disease, congenital heart disease and tuberculous pericarditis. Opportunities exist to alter the trajectory of CVD epidemiology but require committed policy makers, functional health systems and an engaged citizenry.

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P.N. is the president of the African Heart Network. M.N. and F.H. are the co-directors of AfricaPCR. D.J. is the president of the South African Heart Association (SA Heart). S.S. is the president of the Pan-African Society of Cardiology. R.D. is the chairman of the Scientific Programme Committee of SA Heart 2019. E.D. is the operations officer of SA Heart. N.A.B.N. is the director of the Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Congress of South Africa. N.A.B.N. gratefully acknowledges support from the National Research Foundation, Medical Research Council of South Africa and Lily & Ernst Hausmann Trust.

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