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Underestimated Prevalence of Chronic Heart Failure among Elderly Residing in Care Homes in Aruba

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2013.277
Pages: 
610–5
Synopsis: 
The prevalence of chronic heart failure (CHF) among the elderly in care homes in Aruba is high (31%) and underestimated. B-type natriuretic peptide testing adds value to the usual diagnostic work-up for CHF in these elderly.

ABSTRACT

Objective: Diagnosing chronic heart failure (CHF) is important, since subsequent treatments by medication and cardiac intervention improve quality of life. However, accurate CHF diagnosis in the elderly residing in care homes (residents) is hampered by suboptimal diagnostic tools, co-morbidity and physician’s unawareness of CHF. We sought to estimate the CHF prevalence among Aruban residents.

Accepted: 
23 Jan, 2014
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e-Published: 04 Nov, 2014

Estimated Incidence of Sickle-Cell Disease in Aruba and St Maarten suggests Cost-effectiveness of a Universal Screening Programme for St Maarten

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Pages: 
301–4
Synopsis: 
Universal Screening for Sickle-Cell Disease seems effective for St Maarten.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To estimate the incidence of Sickle-Cell Disease (SCD) in Aruba and St Maarten and to determine whether universal screening would be cost-effective according to United Kingdom criteria.

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e-Published: 19 Sep, 2013

Vitamin D Deficiency in Risk Groups Living in Tropical Curaçao

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.727/wimj.2012.196
Pages: 
195–200
Synopsis: 
Avoiding sun exposure, although living in tropical areas, results in vitamin D deficiency. In our small pilot study, 38% of the people were at risk and had 25(OH)D levels below 50 nmol/L.

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Objective: Curaçao (12 degrees 10N, 69 degrees 0W) is characterized by whole year abundant sunshine (8−10 hours/day). We challenged the automatic assumption that people living in tropical countries do not have a high risk of vitamin D deficiency, and investigated the vitamin D status in a tropical environment.

Accepted: 
29 Oct, 2012
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e-Published: 26 Jun, 2013
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