Tag: rheumatic heart disease

Rheumatic heart disease going undiagnosed by NT’s fly-in doctors, cardiologist warns

The Northern Territory is home to some of the highest known rates of rheumatic heart disease in the world, but the transient nature of the region’s medical practitioners could be hindering the fight to stop it.

The entirely preventable condition affects mainly Indigenous people living in remote areas, and in the Arnhem Land community of Maningrida, children as young as four have died from the disease.

Arnhem Land children suffer world’s highest known rates of rheumatic heart disease

In a remote Indigenous community of 3,000 people, researchers have discovered the highest known rates of rheumatic heart disease in the world, where children as young as four have died from the entirely preventable condition.

A study by the Menzies School of Health Research screened about 450 school age children in Maningrida, and the preliminary results reveal one in 20 suffered from rheumatic heart disease.