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Taking cardiac surgery to the people.

Authors
  • Yacoub, Magdi
  • ElGuindy, Ahmed
  • Afifi, Ahmed
  • Yacoub, Lisa
  • Wright, Gavin
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of cardiovascular translational research
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2014
Volume
7
Issue
9
Pages
797–802
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s12265-014-9598-9
PMID: 25361602
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is currently the leading cause of mortality in the world, and it is estimated that 80% of the disease burden is encountered in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). While numerous wake-up calls have been issued in the recent years to face this emerging epidemic, little has been achieved. One particularly deficient area is cardiac surgery. This article aims to address the challenges and barriers to establishing cardiac surgery programs in LMICs and some of the existing efforts to overcome them, focusing on a center in Aswan, Egypt, as an example.

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