NACCHO highlights Rheumatic Heart Disease as a leading cause of cardiovascular inequality

The National Aboriginal CommunityControlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is marking World Heart Day by raisingawareness of the high prevalence of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Aboriginaland Torres Strait Islander communities.

Over 4,500 Aboriginal and TorresStrait Islander people are living with the effects of acute rheumatic fever,the precursor to RHD, or have RHD. If action is not taken now it is estimatedanother 10,000 will have developed ARF or RHD by 2031.

/Public Release. View in full here.