The first coronary by-pass grafting surgery done in western and central Africa

  • A Budzee
  • I Ghidoni
  • A Giamberti
  • S Cirri
  • TTJ Cabral
  • JC Ambassa
  • G Butera
Keywords: Coronary artery bypass grafting, cardiac centre, Cameroon

Abstract

Africa bears a significant proportion of the global burden of chronic diseases, along with poor countries of Asia and Latin America. The World Health Organisation projects that over the next ten years the Continent will experience the largest increase in death rates from cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and diabetes. Probably for the first time in Western and Central Africa, the very first coronary artery bypass surgery grafting was performed in the Cardiac Centre of Shisong in Cameroon.

Key words: Coronary artery bypass grafting, cardiac centre, Cameroon

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