Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences

Document Type : Letter(s) to the Editor


1 Department of Critical Care Medicine, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

2 Department of Critical Care Medicine, Shahabuddin Medical College Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is the leading cause of heart disease worldwide, accounting for 90% of all heart disorders in women of childbearing age, and also accounts for 10% to 15% of maternal mortality.


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