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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

What is acute rheumatic fever?

Acute rheumatic fever is an illness caused by an autoimmune response to a bacterial group A streptococcal infection, which is also called a Strep A infection.

What is rheumatic heart disease?

Rheumatic heart disease is damage to the valves in the heart that develops after acute rheumatic fever.

How is it diagnosed & treated?

Diagnosis of both acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease require an assessment of symptoms and clinical testing. Treatment involves regular antibiotics and medical care.

How is it prevented?

There are several opportunities to prevent illness and slow disease progression: improving environmental conditions, treating Strep A infections, preventing recurrent acute rheumatic fever, and avoiding complications of rheumatic heart disease.

The Champions4Change motto is ‘inspiring, caring and sharing’. Inspiring others to take charge and make a difference, caring for others with ARF and RHD, and sharing ideas and stories, especially from those who have the experience of living with this disease.

Symptoms to look out for

Sore throat

Sore throat can lead to acute rheumatic fever

Symptoms to look out for

Subcutaneous nodules

Round, firm and painless lumps around joints

Symptoms to look out for

Skin sores

Skin sores can let the strep germ into the body

Symptoms to look out for

Sore or swollen joints

Including knees, ankles, elbows and wrists

Latest news

The number of people with rheumatic heart disease in Australia continues to grow

A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has shown that the burden of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and... Read on

Released in February last year, the 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (3rd edition), has now been downloaded over 36 000 times and over 1,000 hardcopies have been delivered all over Australia.

Queensland collaborative workshop promotes 2020 guideline implementation

Released in February last year, the 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and... Read on

RHDAustralia is happy to announce that a new member has joined the team! On the 22nd of March, Maida Stewart officially began as the Champions4Change project coordinator.

Champions4Change program welcomes new project coordinator

RHDAustralia is happy to announce that a new member has joined the team! On the 22nd of March, Maida Stewart officially began as the... Read on