Clinical Utility of Stress Echocardiography in Remote Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Populations: A 10-Year Study in Central Australia
Seshika Ratwatte, Benedict Costello, Nadarajah Kangaharan, Katrina Bolton, Amrina Kaur, Wendy Corkill, Bernhard Kuepper, Bradley Pitman, Prashanthan Sanders, Christopher X Wong
Heart Lung and Circulation | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND: Remote Central Australia has a large Indigenous population and a significant burden of cardiovascular disease. Stress echocardiography has been previously validated as a useful investigation for long-term prognostication. However, there are no prior studies assessing its utility in remote or Indigenous populations. METHOD: Consecutive individuals undergoing stress echocardiography in Central Australia between 2007 and 2017 were included. Stress echocardiography was performed and reported via standard protocols. Individuals were followed up for all-cause mortality. RESULTS: One-thousand and eight patients (1,008) (54% Indigenous Australian) were included. After a mean follow-up of..View full abstract
Dr Sanders is supported by Practitioner Fellowships from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia and the National Heart Foundation of Australia. Dr Wong is supported by a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Heart Foundation of Australia and a Mid-Career Fellowship from the Hospital Research Foundation.