In addition to the widely-recognized epidemic of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the US, rates of these chronic diseases are growing dramatically in India, China and other transitional economies in Asia and Latin America, and also in urban populations in sub-Saharan Africa. 82% of CVD deaths take place in LMIC and occur almost equally in men and women (WHO 2011). DGHI researchers are focused on hypertension and heart failure because they are the two most common clinical manifestations of CVD in LMIC.
Duke faculty from many different disciplines and schools have great expertise in CVD. DGHI is actively collaborating with the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke Heart Center and Duke Translational Medicine Institute to develop interdisciplinary projects in this field, including ongoing work in Africa, India and China.