Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease: An Introduction

Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease are preventable diseases disproportionately affecting Indigenous Australians. Many clinicians are unaware that, despite being largely eliminated from developed countries, Australia still has one of the highest rates in the world of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) among its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

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Acute Rheumatic Fever is an autoimmune response to an untreated group A streptococcal infection, that causes heart valve damage known as RHD. ARF and RHD are most common in children and young adults. RHD is a debilitating and often fatal disease.

This session provides an overview for clinicians about ARF and RHD, consistent with the newly released 2020 Australian Guideline for the prevention, diagnosis, and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (3rd edition).

In this video lesson, you will:

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of acute rheumatic fever
  • Understand elements of best practice treatment of ARF and RHD
  • Locate information on best practice approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, and management of ARF and RHD
  • Identify jurisdictional RHD control programs

This learning activity is one hour in duration. 1 hour of active learning = 1 CPD hour

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