Rheumatic Heart Disease

19th February 2021

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.

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

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.

The Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia resource library includes posters, fliers, presentations and radio interviews in a range of languages. For more information visit  https://www.rhdaustralia.org.au/resources-search