Navigation Links
Echocardiogram screenings are effective in preventing rheumatic heart disease
Date:6/11/2012

Washington, DCRoutine screening with echocardiogram can detect three times as many cases of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) as clinical examinations, offering a novel approach in preventing this common disease, according to a new study in Circulation. The study, conducted by cardiologists from Children's National Medical Center, is the largest single-population study in Africa. The August issue of Nature Reviews - Cardiology features a summary of the article in its Public Health feature.

The study screened nearly 5,000 school-aged children in Uganda and 130 had abnormal echocardiograms. After further evaluation at a hospital, 72 children were classified as having RHD, compared with just 23 children who met the diagnosis criteria for clinical evaluation. This represents a 400 percent increase in identification with an echocardiogram.

"What we found is that there were many children who had clinically silent RHD, which would have gone undetected without an echocardiogram," said Children's National's Andrea Beaton, MD, the lead author. "Echo screenings allow us to identify at-risk patients early, which in turn allows for early intervention to prevent more serious disease and complications."

The team performed upwards of 250 screenings daily, making echocardiograms an efficient and effective means for screening. The authors' recommendations include:

  • Focus screening on children 10 years old in lower socioeconomic groups, to maximize limited resources
  • Provide a two-staged approach to RHD detection (initial echo screening followed by comprehensive follow up)
  • Continue to support global efforts to treat subclinical RHD

RHD is the world's most common acquired cardiovascular disease, affecting approximately 15 million people, with a high incidence in developing countries. RHD is caused by repeated exposure to streptococcal bacteria, or strep throat, which is treated with antibiotics when easily acc
'/>"/>

Contact: Emily Dammeyer
edammeye@childrensnational.org
202-476-4500
Children's National Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Psychological Science explains uproar over prostate-cancer screenings
2. Doctors Urge Routine Skin Screenings
3. 2-1-1 could be effective tool in fighting cancer disparities
4. Personalizing biologic treatment to individual patients with rheuatoid arthritis is cost-effective
5. New Drug Effective for Rare Genetic Skin Cancer: Studies
6. New drug found effective against rare form of basal cell skin cancer
7. Kitchen exhaust fans vary in effectiveness in reducing indoor air pollution
8. Breast MRI helps predict chemotherapys effectiveness
9. Researchers make promising discovery in pursuit of effective lymphoma treatments
10. Breast cancer effectively treated with chemical found in celery, parsley by MU researchers
11. Mayo Clinic: Exhaustion renders immune cells less effective in cancer treatment
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/18/2014)... has proven it true: exercise is good for you. ... that exercise may have an added benefit for cancer ... mouse model of melanoma, found that combining exercise with ... Joseph Libonati, an associate professor in the School of ... Translational Nursing Research, was the senior author on the ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... 18, 2014 TayganPoint Consulting Group, ... that President and co-founder John Cassimatis was named ... Winners for 2014, recognizing the region’s top healthcare ... emerging executive of the year. , The Innovation ... sciences that continue to shape the medical industry ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... 2014 Ben Quirk, CEO of Quirk ... Leadership Award by the Savannah Science Seminar in recognition ... throughout the nation and especially in Savannah. , “I ... Ben. “The Savannah Science Seminar is an amazing program ... generations have gone through the program,” he added. Eleventh ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... developed a new method to study Ebola virus in ... Conservation Society (WCS)-led research, published today in the journal ... of fecal samples from wild great apes to identify ... This represents a new tool for performing large, population-scale ... virus is studied and improve our understanding of the ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded ... million grant to the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute ... of a vaccine to protect patients from the healthcare-related ... (MRSA). , The National Institute of Allergy ... grant to LA BioMed infectious disease specialists John E. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Exercise boosts tumor-fighting ability of chemotherapy, Penn team finds 2Health News:TayganPoint Executive Receives Prestigious Award from Philadelphia Business Journal 2Health News:Quirk Awarded the Alex Ormond, Jr. Leadership Award by the Savannah Science Seminar 2Health News:Research yields a game changer for improving understanding of Ebola and great apes 2Health News:Research yields a game changer for improving understanding of Ebola and great apes 3Health News:LA BioMed receives NIH grant to study vaccine for hospital-acquired infections 2
... NY -- Vivian W. Pinn, MD will be awarded ... the 20th Annual Congress on Women,s Health, March 16-18, ... providers from across the country will gather at the ... advances in diagnosis and management, and innovative translational research ...
... rare in the United States but the third-leading cause of ... infections like chronic hepatitis, but the link is poorly understood. ... mechanism in mice that triggers inflammation in the liver and ... demonstrated in a mouse model that a particular micro-RNA (miR-124) ...
... , FRIDAY, Dec. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Depression and ... intensive care unit after treatment for a potentially deadly condition ... findings may also apply to ICU patients with other types ... machines, according to the researchers. "When people are discharged ...
... cells in the blood appears to have no relationship to ... breast cancer, according to new research from Fox Chase Cancer ... cells may signal that the disease has spread to other ... The results will be presented on Friday, December 9 ...
... DEC. 9, 2011] The investigation of a 2009 multistate ... an important cause of bacterial gastrointestinal illness, led to ... in Clinical Infectious Diseases and available ... recommendations for prevention, including a stronger message for consumers: ...
... Children who suffer from persistent or recurring chronic pain ... risk of developing internalizing symptoms such as anxiety, in response ... chronic pain in children and adolescents in 20 years, a ... from chronic pain and that girls suffer more frequently from ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Dr. Vivian W. Pinn to receive inaugural Bernadine Healy Award 2Health News:Researchers identify a novel therapeutic approach for liver cancer 2Health News:Depression, Disability Can Follow ICU Care: Study 2Health News:Circulating tumor cells not linked to survival in newly diagnosed inflammatory breast cancer 2Health News:Circulating tumor cells not linked to survival in newly diagnosed inflammatory breast cancer 3Health News:Ready-to-bake cookie dough not ready-to-eat, study of E. coli outbreak finds 2Health News:Chronic pain in children and adolescents becoming more common 2
(Date:9/18/2014)... , Sept. 18, 2014 Relmada Therapeutics, Inc., ... the treatment of chronic pain, announced today that it ... the position of  Senior Director of Clinical Development. ... James has established and led successful global clinical operations ... , to facilitate the clinical development of numerous therapeutics ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... , Sept. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - A new expert panel ... Canada , released today by the Council ... and effective medicines for children. Each year about half ... use at least one prescription drug. Much of this ... the authorized use), creating potential health risks. ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... MARLBOROUGH, Mass. , Sept. 18, 2014 ... RXII ), a biotechnology company focused on ... major unmet medical needs using RNA-targeted technologies, ... Executive Officer, Dr. Geert Cauwenbergh , ... Annual BioPharm America™ Conference on Wednesday, September ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. Appoints Christopher W. James As Senior Director of Clinical Development 2Studying medicines in children is always possible and is in their best interest, finds Expert Panel 2Studying medicines in children is always possible and is in their best interest, finds Expert Panel 3RXi Pharmaceuticals to Present at the 7th Annual BioPharm America Conference 2RXi Pharmaceuticals to Present at the 7th Annual BioPharm America Conference 3
... of evaluable heavily-pretreated patients in the high dose ... tolerated overall.DALLAS, March 5 ACCESS PHARMACEUTICALS, ... safety and efficacy results from its Phase 2 ... heavily pretreated ovarian cancer patients. In this monotherapy ...
... March 4 A new study by researchers at ... essential B vitamins, including B6, B12, and folic acid, ... of the leading causes of vision loss among older ... key omega-3 fatty acids and phytosterols, are also contained ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Access Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive ProLindac(TM) Phase 2 Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trial Results 2Access Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive ProLindac(TM) Phase 2 Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trial Results 3Access Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive ProLindac(TM) Phase 2 Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trial Results 4Harvard Study Shows Folic Acid, B Vitamins in Animi-3(R) May Prevent Vision Loss 2
Large image and wide angle design for transurethral examination and treatment of the ureter and renal pelvis....
High intensity lamp with built-in, switchable spare lamp. Low-noise fan with reduced air turbulence....
Calculate accurate growth percentiles and Z scores using the latest CDC growth charts....
PDA-version of the leading portable drug reference....
Medicine Products: