Abstract by Hannah Nyholm
Commonalities in Rheumatic Heart Disease Patients in Samoa
Addressing rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a high priority in humanitarian organizations because the disease significantly decreases quality of life and harms already suffering third world economies. Current treatments for RHD have proven to be largely ineffective. Using the World Heart Federation standards for diagnoses, we want to identify both demographic and medical commonalities among children with the disease on the Samoan islands of Savai’i and Upolu. We also examine the commonalities between the few cases of improvement in the disease that have been recorded.