oa Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Rheumatic mitral regurgitation

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1995-1892
  • E-ISSN: 1680-0745



At Ga-Rankuwa Hospital, which serves an underdeveloped area where rheumatic heart disease is common, 101 adults of both sexes with rheumatic mitral regurgitation (MR) were studied on the basis of criteria defined for isolated or dominant significant MR. The objectives were to define: (i) the prevalence of six common complications, viz. left ventricular disease and dysfunction, atrial fibrillation, systemic embolism, infective endocarditis, pulmonary hypertension, left atrial dilatation; and (ii) the interaction of these complications with the natural history of the disease.

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