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Annals of African Medicine
Annals of African Medicine Society
ISSN: 1596-3519
Vol. 4, No. 3, 2005, pp. 132-135
Bioline Code: am05033
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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Annals of African Medicine, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2005, pp. 132-135

 en Is the Incidence of Acute Myocardial Infarction in Nigerians Increasing?
Oyati, A. I.; Danbauchi, S. S.; Alhassan, M. A. & Isa, M. S.


Myocardial infarction is thought to be rare in Nigerians. This assumption may not be tenable any longer. We report 4 cases of acute myocardial infarction within one year out of which 3 were Nigerians. This seemingly increasing incidence may not be unconnected with the increase in the number of trained cardiologists and diagnostic tools, the rising incidence of the predisposing factors to myocardial infarction such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidaemia etc. This report is meant to further increase our awareness of the slow but rising incidence of the disease. There is therefore the need for adequate preventive and control measures targeted at the predisposing factors.

Myocardial infarction, incidence, Nigerians

Oyati, A. I.; Danbauchi, S. S.; Alhassan, M. A. & Isa, M. S.


L'infarctus du myocarde est considéré d'être rare parmi les Nigérians. Cette prétention parait n'ê tre plus défendable. Nous rapportons 4 cas d'infarctus du myocarde aigu dans une période d'un an dont 3 étaient des Nigérians. Cette incidence apparemment croissante est tributaire à l'augmentation du nombre de cardiologues qualifiés et d'outils diagnostiques, l'augmentation des incidences des facteurs prédisposant à l'infarctus du myocarde tels que l'hypertension, diabète sucré, et hyperlipidémie. Ce rapport vise, de plus, à augmenter notre conscience de l'incidence lente mais montante de la maladie. Il y a donc le besoin de mesures préventives adéquates et de contrôles visés aux facteurs prédisposant.

Mots Clés
Infarctus du myocarde, incidence, Nigérians

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