New bid to tackle Third World rates of rheumatic heart disease

New strategies for rheumatic heart disease have been proposed to help address the rates in Australia that are amongst the highest in the world.

While rheumatic heart disease has become rare in the developed world, it still affects about 25 out of every 1000 Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, according to speakers at the World Congress of Cardiology in Melbourne this week.

Dr Catherine Boardman of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin said the key to addressing high rates of rheumatic heart disease was timely diagnosis of the initial acute rheumatic fever in young people and