FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How do you get Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD)?
A: It starts as a common bacterial infection (Group A Streptococcus) in children 5-15 years of age, and if left untreated, can lead to Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and the permanent heart damage known as Rhuematic Heart Disease (RHD) which can lead to open heart surgery, permanent disability, heart failure, stroke and premature death.
Q: How do you prevent Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD)?
A: Get symptomatic children checked at the health clinic quickly and strictly maintain the prescribed treatment program.
Q: What risk factors are related to Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD)?
A: Overcrowding and social disadvantage increase the risk.
Q: How can medical services help reduce the prevalence of Rheumatic Heart Disease?
A: Early diagnosis of Acute Rheumatic Fever and access to relevant medical services for at-risk communities.