The Spectrum of Heart Disease in Urban Africans: The Heart of Soweto Study

Melinda Jane Carrington, Karen Sliwa, Simon Stewart

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This chapter provides an overview of the Heart of Soweto Study, now regarded as a landmark study in the attempts to understand the evolving burden of heart disease in sub-Saharan Africa. The Heart of Soweto registry captured basic sociodemographic in addition to any advanced clinical profiling reports according to clinical need. The initial phase of the Heart of Soweto Study took place from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006. The initial publications arising from the Heart of Soweto Study generated more questions than answers, providing tantalizing glimpses, via the broad data generated, of important aspects on the specific changes that were/are driving a transition from predominant communicable heart disease toward a mixture of the old and new, the new being noncommunicable heart disease. Complex forces are shaping an important transition from communicable to noncommunicable forms of heart disease in Soweto and other urban African communities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeart of Africa
Subtitle of host publicationClinical Profile of an Evolving Burden of Heart Disease in Africa
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781118336960
ISBN (Print)9781119097136
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Communicable heart disease
  • Heart disease
  • Soweto
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Urban African communities


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