According to studies, one of the leading causes of death in Africa and many developing countries is cardiovascular disease (CVD). Resources in low-and-middle-income-countries are limited, therefore, it is imperative that interventions are guided by the cost-effectiveness of screening and early treatment opportunities.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is leading comprehensive research programmes on CVD, at its Departments of Surgery and Medicine within the Faculty of Health Sciences and at Groote Schuur Hospital. These programmes focus on combating diseases related to poverty, such as rheumatic heart disease, pericardial disease, cardiomyopathy and heart failure.
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Professor Bongani Mayosi,