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Acute myocardial infarction in the West Indies

Acute Myocardial Infarction in the West Indies Early Observations, Current Issues and Future Concerns

Chronic non-communicable diseases are emerging as a significant medical issue in the Caribbean. Although not traditionally felt to be a problem, ischaemic heart disease does occur in Afro-Caribbean patients. The current information on ischaemic heart disease in the region is reviewed. It is anticipated that ischaemic heart disease will become a greater problem in the years to come.


In the epidemiological transition from infectious diseases in the Caribbean, chronic non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease, have emerged as important public health interest. Although hypertensive heart disease predominates in Afro-Caribbean populations, ischaemic heart disease and acute myocardial infarction have also been present, but the prevalence has been somewhat under-appreciated.

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e-Published: 20 Sep, 2013
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