RHD Factsheet

Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is a condition where your have long-lasting heart valve damage after one or more illness episodes of Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF)

Expert Q&As – RHD

Professor Bob Graham is the executive director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

What is acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease?

4:10 mins
This brief overview of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is aimed at school staff, who are well placed to assist children aged 5-14 years, their families and communities to prevent and manage these conditions. Sore throats can lead to open heart surgery in high risk populations.

Sharing a Heartbeat: A short film about RHD in pregnancy

12:59 mins
This is a 12 minute film directed by Indigenous women about fertility, pregnancy and family for young Indigenous women who have rheumatic heart disease (RHD). This is culturally appropriate health information for a target audience of girls and young women from ages 13 to 20s who have mild to moderate RHD.

Kaye talks about her son who has RHD

Being a heart mum - What it takes to care for a son living with rheumatic heart disease.

Maggie discusses having a daughter with RHD

21 February 2018
When Liana complained of a sore foot and showed signs of a fever, her mum Margie rushed her to hospital. An X-ray of her foot revealed no obvious injury, so she was sent home and advised to take painkillers.