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Ethn Dis. 2003 Summer;13(2 Suppl 2):S71-6.

Improving cardiovascular disease prevention and management in Africa: issues to consider for the 21st century.

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Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee 37232-6300, USA.


There is substantial evidence that cardiovascular diseases, and their associated risk factors, are becoming an increasing threat to the health of a large portion of the populace in many areas of Africa, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. If not adequately addressed, this epidemic will place an even greater burden on the poor economies and weak public health infrastructures of this continent. Important strategies for curtailing this epidemic will include primordial, primary, and secondary prevention, population-based prevention programs, improved research and surveillance, and increased governmental accountability for the adequate appropriation of public health.

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