n Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Cardiac rehabilitation delivery in Africa - editorial

Volume 30 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1995-1892
  • E-ISSN: 1680-0745



As of 2011, the leading cause of premature mortality in Africa is non-communicable rather than communicable disease (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis). The burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and cardiovascular disease (CVD) specifically, is growing exponentially in Africa, at a rate exceeding that globally. Mortality rates for NCDs in sub-Saharan Africa already exceed those for the global population across most age groups. Given that CVD onset and mortality are often premature, this exponential rise will limit poverty-reduction initiatives and economic development.

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