The first cardioverter defibrillator implanted in Central Africa

  • Tantchou Tchoumi Jacques Cabral
  • Appolonia Budzee
  • Gianfranco Butera

Abstract

Sudden cardiac deaths, which account for approximately 350 000 deaths each year, is a major health care problem. Antiarrhythmic drugs have not been reliable in preventing sudden cardiac death. Although β-blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, and revascularization play a role in prevention of sudden cardiac death, the development and subsequent refinement of the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator has made the most important contribution to its management. We report the first documented implantation of a cardioverter defibrillator in central, eastern and western Africa.

Pan African Medical Journal 2016; 23

Author Biographies

Tantchou Tchoumi Jacques Cabral
St Elizabeth Catholic General Hospital, Cardiac Centre, Kumbo, Cameroon
Appolonia Budzee
St Elizabeth Catholic General Hospital, Cardiac Centre, Kumbo, Cameroon
Gianfranco Butera
2Policlinico San Donato IRCCS, San Donato Milanese, Milan, Italy
Published
2016-07-06
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 1937-8688