n South African Medical Journal - A multidisciplinary approach to cardiac rehabilitation in SA : correspondence

Volume 104, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



To the Editor: As is known, a significant amount of South Africa's (SA's) burden of disease is attributed to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as ischaemic heart disease (IHD). The South African National Burden of Disease Study 2000 showed that 58% of the Western Cape's burden of disease alone can be attributed to NCDs, with 12% due to IHD. The Global Register of Acute Coronary Events (GRACE) study showed that within 6 months after discharge, 15.8% of patients who have had a myocardial infarction (MI) will suffer a possibly fatal repeat event.

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