Rheumatic heart disease in India

J R Soc Health. 1995 Oct;115(5):303-4, 309. doi: 10.1177/146642409511500509.


A cross-sectional study was carried out in rural areas of Jawan Block, District Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India, covering a total population of 3760 drawn from 11 villages. The total number of confirmed cases of rheumatic heart disease was 24 with a prevalence rate of 6.4 per 1000 of the general rural population. The prevalence of rheumatic heart disease increased with age until the age of 25 years. Females were more prone to rheumatic heart disease compared to males. Socio-economic class had a direct impact on the occurrence of rheumatic heart disease.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Population Surveillance
  • Prevalence
  • Religion
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease / epidemiology*
  • Rural Health*
  • Sex Distribution
  • Socioeconomic Factors