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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Rheumatic heart disease

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2014

Chakravarty SD, Zabriskie JB, Gibofsky A (2014)

Acute rheumatic fever and streptococci: the quintessential pathogenic trigger of autoimmunity.

Clinical Rheumatology; 33(7): 893-901

Colquhoun S, Condon J, Li SQ, Guthridge S, Carapetis J (2014)

Disparity in mortality rates from rheumatic heart disease in the Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.

Global Heart; 9(1 Supplement): e259-e260

D'antoine HA, Brown N, Bessarab D, Hudson M, Tong S, Steer A, Garnjulkpuy J, Maypilama E, Murakami-Gold L, Brown A (2014)

Rheumatic heart disease: establishing governance and community engagement for a genome wide association study in an Indigenous Australian population.

Global Heart; 9(1 Supplement): e332

Dios D (2014)

Infective endocarditis prophylaxis.

Oral Diseases; 20(4): 325–328

Dwivedi J, Sutcliffe S, Eastbrook L, Woods C, Maguire GP (2014)

Predicting coronary heart disease in remote settings: a prospective, cross-sectional observational study.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; in press(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hlc.2014.02.017):

Hofer A, Woodland S, Reeve C (2014)

Mortality due to rheumatic heart disease in the Kimberley 2001–2010.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(2): 139–141

Kangaharan N, Ilton M, Farquharson C, Iyngkaran M (2014)

Role of care co-ordination and case conferencing in managing pre and post operative challenges in the NT remote Indigenous patients with severe rheumatic heart disease.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 23(1): e34

Matebele MP, Rohde S, Clarke A, Fraser JF (2014)

Cardiac surgery in Indigenous Australians: early onset cardiac disease with follow-up challenges.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 23(6): 566–571

Nooman S (2014)

National surveillance of rheumatic fever in Australia, and continuous quality improvement of rheumatic heart disease in Fiji: contemporary models for identification and management.

Master of Science thesis, Charles Darwin University: Darwin

Roberts K, Maguire G, Brown A, Atkinson D, Reményi B, Wheaton G, Kelly A, Kumar RK, Su J-Y, Carapetis JR (2014)

Echocardiographic screening for rheumatic heart disease in high and low risk Australian children.

Circulation; Published Ahead of Print(http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.113.003495):

2013

Rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy (2013)

Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System

This fact sheet gives an overview of what rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is, what we know about RHD and the project being undertaken by The University of New South Wales and Menzies School of Health Research.

The RHD in pregnancy project aims to improve clinical care and outcomes for women with RHD and their babies.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Rheumatic heart disease and acute rheumatic fever in Australia: 1996-2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report examines and presents a range of data on acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Australia. The data show that:

  • ARF now occurs almost exclusively in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • The prevalence of RHD is much higher among Indigenous people than other Australians.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are considerably more likely to be hospitalised with ARF or RHD, and to die from RHD.

Based on available data, rates of ARF among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are among the highest in the world. Data contained in the report on the incidence of ARF and prevalence of RHD come from the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australian Rheumatic Heart Disease registers. Among the key findings it is noted that:

  • RHD is a serious disease which has a substantial impact on individuals.
  • RHD can be prevented by adequate treatment of ARF.
  • Regular, long-term antibiotic treatment is recommended for people with ARF or RHD.
  • Heart surgery may be required to repair heart valve damage resulting from RHD.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Gray C, Thomson N (2013)

Review of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease among Indigenous Australians.

Retrieved 2013 from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/uploads/docs/rhd-review-2013.pdf

Kuzulugil D, Sheldrick K, Wood A, Whitehall J (2013)

Hallucinations in severe, repeated Sydenham's chorea in an Indigenous girl in North-West Queensland.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 49(1): 72–74

Noonan S, Zurynski YA, Currie BJ, McDonald M, Wheaton G, Nissen M, Curtis N, Isaacs D, Richmond P, Ramsay JM, Elliott EJ, Carapetis JR (2013)

A national prospective surveillance study of acute rheumatic fever in Australian children.

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal; 32(1): e26–e32

Ralph AP, Fittock M, Schultz R, Thompson D, Dowden M, Clemens T, Parnaby MG, Clark M, McDonald MI, Edwards KN, Carapetis JR, Bailie RS (2013)

Improvement in rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease management and prevention using a health centre-based continuous quality improvement approach.

BMC Health Services Research; 13: 525

Retrieved 18 December 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-13-525

Rémond MG, Wark EK, Maguire GP (2013)

Screening for rheumatic heart disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 49(7): 526–531

Rémond MGW, Severin KL, Hodder Y, Martin J, Nelson C, Atkinson D, Maguire GP (2013)

Variability in disease burden and management of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in two regions of tropical Australia.

Internal Medicine Journal; 43(4): 386–393

Remenyi B, Carapetis J, Wyber R, Taubert K, Mayosi BM (2013)

Position statement of the World Heart Federation on the prevention and control of rheumatic heart disease.

Nature Reviews Cardiology; 10: 284-292

Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia (2013)

Keeping up with the Joneses or, don't forget acute rheumatic fever.

: Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

This audiovisual resource provides information for clinicians on acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in northern Australia. In particular the video discusses what ARF and RHD are and how to effectively manage ARF so that it does not impact upon daily life, or progress into RHD.

The video was produced by RHD Australia and the Western Australian Country Health Service (WACHS).

Abstract adapted from RHD Australia

Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia e-learning package (2013)

Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

This self-paced online education package provides an introduction to best practice approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD). It is aimed at clinicians with little or no knowledge of ARF or RHD. It can also be used as a revision tool for those with existing prior knowledge. It is freely available online and does not require a login or membership.

The five modules in the package are:

  • Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease
  • Diagnosis of acute rheumatic fever
  • Management of acute rheumatic fever
  • Management of rheumatic heart disease
  • 'Michael's story', a case study.

The modules are produced by RHDAustralia and are accredited by the Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) and The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Roberts K, Colquhoun S, Steer A, Reményi B, Carapetis J (2013)

Screening for rheumatic heart disease: current approaches and controversies.

Nature Reviews Cardiology; 10(1): 49-58

Roberts KV, Brown ADH, Maguire GP, Atkinson DN, Carapetis JR (2013)

Utility of auscultatory screening for detecting rheumatic heart disease in high-risk children in Australia's Northern Territory.

Medical Journal of Australia; 199(3): 196-199

2012

Fittock M, Edwards K (2012)

Rheumatic Heart Disease Control Program: overview for 2011.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 19(3): 19-20

Gray C, Brown A, Thomson N (2012)

Review of cardiovascular health among Indigenous Australians.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Diagnosis of acute rheumatic fever: quick reference guide for health professionals (2012)

Heart Foundation

This booklet is a quick reference guide derived from the Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (2nd edn). It is designed to be used when diagnosing patients who are suspected of having acute rheumatic fever (ARF) or rheumatic heart disease, which is a significant illness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

An accurate diagnosis of ARF is important, as:

  • over-diagnosis will result in the individual receiving treatment unnecessarily
  • under-diagnosis may lead to further episodes of ARF, cardiac damage and the need for heart valve surgery and/or premature death.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Maguire GP, Carapetis JR, Walsh WF, Brown ADH (2012)

The future of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in Australia [editorial].

Medical Journal of Australia; 197(3): 133-134

McLintock C (2012)

Still casting its long shadow: rheumatic heart disease in Australia and New Zealand [editorial].

Internal Medicine Journal; 42(9): 963-966

Rémond MGW, Wheaton GR, Walsh WF, Prior DL, Maguire GP (2012)

Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease — priorities in prevention, diagnosis and management. A report of the CSANZ Indigenous Cardiovascular Health Conference, Alice Springs 2011.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 21(10): 632–638

Reményi B, Wilson N, Steer A, Ferreira B, Kado J, Kumar K, Lawrenson J, Maguire G, Marijon E, Mirabel M, Mocumbi AO, Mota C, Paar J, Saxena A, Scheel J, Stirling J, Viali S, Balekundri VI, Wheaton G, Zühlke L, Carapetis J (2012)

World Heart Federation criteria for echocardiographic diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease—an evidence-based guideline.

Nature Reviews Cardiology; 9(5): 297-309

Rheumatic heart disease control programs: quick reference guide for health professionals (2012)

RHD Australia

This revised guideline, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing expands on the first edition to provide clinicians with additional information on preventative action, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD). The new guidelines have clarified common questions and broadened the diagnosis criteria for probable ARF in high risk groups in order to assist clinicians when there are uncertain cases of ARF.

Abstract adapted from RHD Australia

Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (2012)

The Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease: 2nd edition.

Winnellie, NT: Menzies School of Health Research

This report by Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) Australia is the second edition of an evidence based review of the diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and RHD in Australia.

RHDAustralia considers this document to be the main source of information to guide all aspects of RHD management, prevention and control across Australia.

The key aims of the document are to:

  • identify the standard of care, including preventative care, which should be available to all people
  • identify areas where current management strategies may not be in line with available evidence
  • in the interest of equity, ensure that high risk populations receive the the same standard of care as that available to other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Smith MT, Zurynski Y, Lester-Smith D, Elliott E, Carapetis J (2012)

Rheumatic fever: identification, management and secondary prevention.

Australian Family Physician; 41(1/2): 31-35

South Australian Department for Health and Ageing (2012)

South Australian Department for Health and Ageing annual report 2011-12.

Adelaide: South Australian Department for Health and Ageing

2011

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This national statistical publication reports on the health and wellbeing of young Australians aged 12-24 years of age. This reporting is vital for the development of evidence-based youth policies. Part VII provides an overview of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and looks at key issues including:

  • health status
  • determinants of health
  • families and communities
  • socioeconomic factors
  • housing
  • health system performance.

The report also highlights areas where work is still needed.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Baskerville CA, Hanrahan BB, Burke AJ, Holwell AJ, Rémond MG, Maguire GP (2011)

Infective endocarditis and rheumatic heart disease in the north of Australia.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 21(1): 36-41

Dwivedi J (2011)

Prevention of rheumatic heart disease: potential for change.

Australian Medical Student Journal; 2(2): 49-52

Jackson SJ, Steer AC, Campbell H (2011)

Systematic review: estimation of global burden of non-suppurative sequelae of upper respiratory tract infection: rheumatic fever and post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis.

Tropical Medicine & International Health; 16(1): 2-11

McMeniman E, Holden L, Kearns T, Clucas DB, Carapetis JR, Currie BJ, Connors C, Andrews RM (2011)

Skin disease in the first two years of life in Aboriginal children in East Arnhem Land.

Australasian Journal of Dermatology; 52(4): 270–273

Rémond M, Maguire G (2011)

RHD : women and pregnancy.

O&G Magazine; 13(3): 47-50

Smith MT, Lester-Smith D, Zurynski Y, Noonan S, Carapetis JR, Elliott EJ (2011)

Persistence of acute rheumatic fever in a tertiary children's hospital.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 47(4): 198-203

2010

Alizzi AM, Knight JL, Tully PJ (2010)

Surgical challenges in rheumatic heart disease in the Australian Indigenous population.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 19(5-6): 295-298

Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Indigenous chronic disease package: care coordination and supplementary services: program guidelines.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

Hanna JN, Clark MF (2010)

Acute rheumatic fever in Indigenous people in North Queensland: some good news at last?.

Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 581-584

Kearns TM, Schultz R, McDonald V, Andrews RM (2010)

Prophylactic penicillin by the full moon: a novel approach in Central Australia that may help to reduce the risk of rheumatic heart disease.

Rural and Remote Health; 10: 1464

Retrieved from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1464.pdf

Kerdemelidis M, Lennon DR, Arroll B, Peat B, Jarman J (2010)

The primary prevention of rheumatic fever.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 46(9): 534-548

Parnaby MG, Carapetis JR (2010)

Rheumatic fever in Indigenous Australian children.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 46(9): 527-533

White H, Walsh W, Brown A, Riddell T, Tonkin A, Jeremy R, Brieger D, Zeitz C, Kritharides L (2010)

Rheumatic heart disease in Indigenous populations.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 19(5-6): 273-281

2009

Batzloff MR, McMillan D, Pandey M (2009)

Progress towards a vaccine for Streptococcus pyogenes.

Microbiology Australia; 30(5): 187-189

Carapetis JR (2009)

Epidemiology of group A streptococcus in Australia.

Microbiology Australia; 30(5): 171-176

Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia (2009)

Information about rheumatic heart disease.

: Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

This audiovisual provides information on the causes, prevention, treatment and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

The video was produced by RHD Australia, is aimed at young Indigenous Australians, who are the most likely demographic cohort to acquire ARF or RHD.

Abstract adapted from RHD Australia

Steer AC, Carapetis JR (2009)

Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in Indigenous populations.

Pediatric Clinics of North America; 56(6): 1401-1419

Towers RJ, Bolm M, Currie BJ, Chhatwal GS, Fagan PK (2009)

Autoantigens identified by screening a human heart cDNA library with acute rheumatic fever sera.

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; 1173(Contemporary Challenges in Autoimmunity): 83-91

2008

Couzos S, Murray R (2008)

Aboriginal primary health care: an evidence-based approach.

3rd ed. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press

Aboriginal Primary Health Care is a definitive guide to best-practice management of the major health problems facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The text is intended to assist health practitioners, policy makers and communities in influencing health determinants, it also advocates for overcoming inertia to change and to strengthen health care provision within a human rights context.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Walsh W, Brown A, Carapetis J (2008)

The diagnosis and management of chronic rheumatic heart disease - an Australian guideline.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 17(4): 271-289

 
Last updated: 15 July 2014
 
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