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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Australia

Women's health

RHD in Pregnancy Poster - A3 size

There are two versions of this poster. One is for electronic distribution and has links embedded; perfect for emailing other clinics or distributing electronically. The other is for printing and putting on the wall of your clinic or ward. If you would like a high quality print, please contact us to discuss. The aim of these posters is to familiarise health professionals with RHD in pregnancy, the resources available, and some of the important considerations when assessing pregnant women who are Aboriginal, Torres Strait and/or Pacific Islander.

Rheumatic Heart Disease in Pregnancy - Flyer

There is a 30-50% increased cardiac workload in pregnancy. When a woman has rheumatic heart disease this can impact in a couple of ways. She may not have been diagnosed before pregnancy. The added stress on the heart can result in symptomatic RHD where previously there were no signs. The earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the less likelihood she will have complications. Or, she may already have been diagnosed with RHD, but pregnancy can exacerbate her disease. If she’s receiving anticoagulation therapy during pregnancy, this requires careful assessment

A family's journey with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease | Cherie, Kenya and Luke McAdam

The McAdam family live every day with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.
Cherie McAdam's daughter Kenya had recurrent acute rheumatic fever which was underdiagnosed. Kenya now has rheumatic heart disease.
Cherie's son Luke is on secondary prophylaxis for acute rheumatic fever.
By sharing their story, the family hope to raise awareness to improve care for other families.

Presented at RHDAustralia Seminar Series, Darwin, August 2014.

Qualitative research AMOSS rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy study | Sue Kruske

Qualitative research about rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy study, presented at RHDAustralia Seminar Series, Darwin, August, 2014, by Professor Sue Kruske (Maternal and Child Health, University of Queensland). The AMOSS (Australian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System) RHD in pregnancy study includes a quantitative study with nearly 300 maternity units across Australia and New Zealand, and a qualitative study exploring women’s journey with RHD.