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Have You Heard of Rheumatic Heart Disease? As a Midwife, You Should Have!

An article from the Winter 2017 edition of Australian Midwifery News Magazine. An article on RHD in pregnancy. How do you know if a pregnant woman has RHD? Women without a known diagnosis of RHD can present with shortness of breath. Not an uncommon complaint is, “I need extra pillows to sleep at night, I wake with no breath.” Tragically, what is happening is heart failure and pulmonary oedema filling the lungs. A midwife can ‘think RHD’ in the ‘at risk’ population, and trigger referrals for cardiac echo’s to diagnose RHD.
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Kylie Tune Claire Boardman
Australian College of Midwives || RHDAustralia
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