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Global Perspectives On Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care

Penny, Daniel J. MD, PhD

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: August 2016 - Volume 17 - Issue 8 - p S388-S393
doi: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000000784
Congenital Heart Disease
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Objectives: The objectives of this review are to discuss the global epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, emphasizing congenital heart disease; to discuss the concept of epidemiologic transition and its role in studying the evolving epidemiology of disease; and to assess and address the global burden of congenital heart disease including its prevention and treatment.

Data Source: MEDLINE and PubMed.

Conclusions: Despite impressive reductions in mortality from congenital and acquired cardiovascular disease in high-income countries, these reductions have not been observed on a global scale. It will be necessary to continue our attempts to extend rational programs of care to middle- and low-income countries based on community empowerment, economics, and population health. The specialist in pediatric cardiac critical care can be a central driver of these programs.

Division of Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX.

The author has disclosed that he does not have any potential conflicts of interest.

For information regarding this article, E-mail: penny@bcm.edu

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