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Prevalence of Subclinical Rheumatic Heart Disease in Eastern Nepal

28 April 2016

Nikesh R. Shresta has recently published an article entitled the ‘Prevalence of Subclinical Rheumatic Heart Disease in Eastern Nepal’ in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The study aimed to ‘determine the prevalence of clinically silent and manifest rheumatic heart disease as a function of age, sex, and socioeconomic status, and to estimate age-specific incidence’. 5,178 children were enrolled in the study, which ran from December 2012 until September 2014.

The researchers found that RHD affects around 1 in 100 schoolchildren in Eastern Nepal, is primarily clinically silent, and may be more common among girls.
You can read the article in full online, here.

More on content on rheumatic heart disease in Nepal can be found on our site here.

For resources in the RHD Action Resource Hub from Nepal and in Nepalese can be found here.