About ARF and RHD

Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) is a complication of a bacterial throat infection. Episodes of ARF can cause permanent damage to the heart valves, which is known as rheumatic heart disease (RHD). People with ARF and RHD need long-term treatment to prevent repeat episodes of ARF that may cause further damage to the heart.

ARF/RHD fact sheet

Patients and their families

Information on ARF/RHD and the NSW RHD register for patients diagnosed with ARF and RHD and their families.

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Aboriginal people

Aboriginal people are at higher risk of ARF and RHD.

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Health professionals

Information, guidelines and resources on infection, prevention and control, diagnosis and treatment.

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Page Updated: Monday 29 August 2016