Cardiac rehabilitation delivery in Africa

Martin Heine, Karam Turk-Adawi, Marta Supervia, Wayne Derman, Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, Pamela Naidoo, Sherry L. Grace

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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 (Fig. 1), at a rate exceeding that globally.1,2 Mortality rates for NCDs in sub-Saharan Africa already exceed those for the global population across most age groups (Fig. 2). Given that CVD onset and mortality are often premature, this exponential rise will limit poverty-reduction initiatives and economic development.3-5.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-137
Number of pages5
JournalCardiovascular journal of Africa
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2019


  • Africa
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Myocardial ischaemia
  • Noncommunicable diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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