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Research Journal of Cardiology
  Year: 2010 | Volume: 3 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 1-8
DOI: 10.17311/rjc.2010.1.8
 
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Homocysteine Level and Cardiovascular Afflictions in the Black African Patients in Lome

F. Damorou, T. Tcherou, K. Yayehd, S. Pessinaba and I.B. Diop

Abstract:
The goal of the present study was to analyze the relationship between homocysteinemia and cardiovascular afflictions in African patients. This prospective study was performed at the Department of Cardiology in the Campus Teaching Hospital of Lomé, from March 1 to November 30, 2008. All patients benefited from a complete cardiovascular evaluation and an assessment of blood homocysteine levels. The prevalence of hyperhomocysteinemia was 45.6%. Age (r = +0.099, p<0.0001), but not sex, was correlated with homocysteinemia. In contrast, body mass index (r = - 0.247, p<0.0001) was negatively linked to homocysteinemia. Both systolic arterial pressure (r = +0.064, p<0.0001) and diastolic arterial pressure (r = +0.148, p<0.0001) also demonstrated a correlation. Among all of the cardiovascular afflictions, the ischemic heart diseases (r = +0.153, p<0.0001) had the strongest association with homocysteinemia. The prevalence of hyperhomocysteinemia was very high among the cardiovascular patients in Togo. This hyperhomocysteinemia was correlated with high blood pressure and ischemic heart diseases, which are becoming more prevalent in this part of the world. The management of this new risk factor, which is based mainly upon its prevention, has been shown to be essential and must become a major public health issue.
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How to cite this article:

F. Damorou, T. Tcherou, K. Yayehd, S. Pessinaba and I.B. Diop, 2010. Homocysteine Level and Cardiovascular Afflictions in the Black African Patients in Lome. Research Journal of Cardiology, 3: 1-8.

DOI: 10.17311/rjc.2010.1.8

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=rjc.2010.1.8

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