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New tools to help prevent the burden of rheumatic heart disease amongst children
Date:5/7/2014

entative data from large countries with great geographic and socio-economic diversity. Additionally, sustaining the effort over several years will require robust long term policies based on the experience of the registry.

"Too many children die each year from this preventable disease and we have shown how surveillance tools and secondary prevention techniques delivered through existing healthcare structures can help prevent the onset of rheumatic heart disease and reduce the burden of heart disease amongst children. Our research demonstrates that it is not only possible to make a difference, but that it needn't be a difficult process," said Meenakshi Sharma, Indian Council of Medical Research, India

The burden of RHD in Australia

In Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 8 times more likely to be hospitalised for ARF/RHD and 20 times more likely to die from rheumatic heart disease than any other group. The Heart Foundation's National Cardiovascular Health Director Dr Robert Grenfell, said that heart disease was the greatest single contributor to the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

"Many people may think that rheumatic heart disease is a thing of the past, something that happened in the 1950s, but that isn't the case: many young Indigenous people from Australia and around the world are living with the burden of this disease and dying early because of it. The Heart Foundation is passionate about supporting research and projects to address this serious problem and give more young Indigenous Australians the chance to live a full and healthy life," said Dr Grenfell.

Tools for implementing RHD programmes: TIPs toolkit

Based on sixty years of experience in RHD prevention and control around the world, the TIPs handbook compiles interviews, case studies, unpublished reports and peer reviewed publications into an accessible format fo
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Contact: Alissa Gutteridge
agutteridge@dnamedcomms.co.uk
44-788-005-2940
World Heart Federation
Source:Eurekalert

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