Congenital heart disease in Saudi Arabia: current epidemiology and future projections
AbstractTo provide an overview of the epidemiology of congenital heart disease, the results of epidemiological studies done in 4 regions of Saudi Arabia [August 1988-February 2000] and 2604 individuals with congenital heart disease were evaluated. Ventricular septal defect was the commonest lesion [33.9%] followed by atrial septal defect [18.1%]. Overall, sex distribution was similar; for 3 conditions, more males than females were affected. Of 2269 [59%] presenting in the first year of life, 566 [24.9%] had neonatal congenital heart disease. Down syndrome was the commonest cause. Distribution of specific lesions and sex distribution was similar to findings from other parts of the world; however, the overall detection rate at 1 year of age was lower
Alabdulgader, A.A.A. (2006). Congenital heart disease in Saudi Arabia: current epidemiology and future projections. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117204
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 12 (Supp.2), S157-S167, 2006
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