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Strep Throat to Rheumatic Heart Disease

October 24, 2019

Rheumatic heart disease starts with children
as young as five. Then wreaks havoc on the human heart, sometimes
for years, until it kills. Each year rheumatic heart disease—called
RHD for short–is responsible for nearly a quarter-million deaths. So many people in low-income regions needlessly
lose their lives to a disease that is easily prevented . . . so easily prevented that it
is all but gone in the industrialized world. Most people in the industrialized world never
heard of RHD. That’s because the disease targets its 15
million victims in the world’s lowest income regions, where care is fractured. Almost all people facing RHD are at the end
of the health care road. Like Olivia… Hi, I’m Olivia. I’m from a small village where people get
really sick from RHD. Most of them don’t know they have it, or
if they do, how they got it. They don’t know how to treat it and they
don’t know to prevent it. But you know what? I’ve learned about RHD, and I’m going
to tell them about it. I’ll say: rheumatic heart disease can be
prevented. RHD is caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus
A. And that causes: Strep throat. If you don’t treat strep throat, it can
lead to rheumatic fever. And if you don’t treat rheumatic fever,
you can get rheumatic heart disease. Strep throat to rheumatic fever to rheumatic
heart disease–1, 2, 3. And each step, from one to three is worse:
it becomes more costly to treat and it’s more painful. You can’t play football or games. And you can’t see your friends because you’re
sick all the time. Treating strep throat—step one–though,
is simple — You can use penicillin pills for a week, or get one injection of penicillin,
then strep throat goes away. End of story. Really! Without the pills or the shot, someone with
RHD could face years of painful shots or worse. It’s better to get just one . . . early! But what happens if don’t treat strep throat? What if you don’t have penicillin, or you
don’t have a doctor, or a nurse or a health care worker? Then, yes, you could be in trouble. A lot of people in villages like mine and
people in big cities, too, have no medical help to treat strep throat with penicillin. If people like my friends . . . people in
poor villages and cities . . . don’t treat strep throat, they can develop rheumatic fever
and that can lead to rheumatic heart disease. That could really damage their hearts, even
kill them. When children live in poor, crowded homes,
they share the strep germs with their brothers and sisters. Damp conditions make it worse, their strep
throat becomes rheumatic fever and their joints swell. Before you know it, the fever damages the
heart valves and then children end up very sick, they can’t breathe easily or play
with their friends. I know children who have died from RHD and
have friends whose mothers and older sisters have died when they were pregnant because
they also had rheumatic heart disease. It’s sad. I miss them. RHD kills 250,000 people every year. That’s like four times the number of people
who can fill a really large football stadium. To survive RHD can require expensive surgery
and a lifetime of expensive medication and even then people don’t feel really well. SO: What can we do? How can we help? A place to start is to teach people about
RHD and strep throat. That’s why I’m sharing this information
with you. It’s so important! I would like you and people everywhere to
understand RHD . . . RHD may be invisible in many places, but it still ruins millions
of lives and kills hundreds of thousands of poor people around the world. We head off RHD by treating strep throat,
yes. But we must do something else: We must teach
people about it. Knowledge about RHD gives us the power to
stop it. So be like me — Educate parents and teachers
and public officials and kids who go to school . . . after all kids are most likely to get
strep throat. Teach everyone what symptoms to watch for,
then to know what to do. Remember: One–we can stop strep throat. That avoids two, rheumatic fever, and three,
rheumatic heart disease. Stop strep avoid RHD. When people learn about RHD, they learn how
to save lives.


  • Reply Rosemarie Lachica November 28, 2015 at 12:24 am

    thank you so much for the Information..godbless

  • Reply Suzie C. January 19, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    nice vid

  • Reply Precious Reya Rafael March 1, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    ..i have this disease, i had it when i was 9yrs old i am now 21 this disease is really tough for me, years of medication..

  • Reply Anne de Coninck March 30, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Excellent !

  • Reply Editar Nome May 22, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Excellent video. To fight against this disease must be a priority.

  • Reply brooka ape June 19, 2016 at 5:29 pm


  • Reply ash lly June 24, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    best vedio ever on RHD…well done

  • Reply Walkin Bonita June 30, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    I believe I have stumbled upon what it is…and how to get it out of our bodies. It will take some investment of time, energy, and research. I had Rheumatic Fever as a child and was told that I now have RHD. That was 2-2013. I was given a prognosis that was not hopeful at all…but here I am, still alive. My heart still beats. My joints are not as swollen…don't believe the doctors when they tell us we won't make it. Even impossible odds can be made possible. Waking up soaking wet from the night sweats led to me cutting off all my hair (2 years)…as it improves, so will my hair style. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Rhonda Laughlin July 14, 2016 at 3:41 am

    I had strep throat so bad my tonsils came out i got rheumatic fever that attacked my nervous system and the aortic valve ,the rheumatic nodgules grew on my heart rare in every way ,

  • Reply an nami July 24, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I'm watching this video for research purposes. My mother died in 1958 because she had Rheumatic Fever as a child in the 30's. It damaged her heart. As a Roman Catholic, she and my father practiced "family planning", which needless to say, doesn't work and had eight children. Warned by specialists and our family doctor to cease having children, unwilling to use birth control, the babies kept coming. At the age of 34, she died in labor with her eighth child. The baby died shortly thereafter. Rheumatic Heart Disease is a killer.

  • Reply Ramu Ramu s ramu ramu August 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    how can quer rhumatic fever

  • Reply Taga Nabua September 28, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I have heart disease but I dont know what to do. I am the bread winner of my family, my parents dont have any regular source of income but I have mine. I am employed. however if I entertain my illness and seek medical attentions, for sure I will loose my job because mine is already a worse case. I need surgery. I really dont know what to do. I really feel sad for myself, ny future and my family.

  • Reply Vishal King October 27, 2016 at 2:16 am

    Godbless u…wat a great presentation…

  • Reply pianoitall, farage November 30, 2016 at 10:38 am

    great video i wish there were more facts

  • Reply Shruti Adhikari August 11, 2017 at 7:54 am

    i have this disease and I am getting injected its really painful

  • Reply Lahiru Hashan Ananda December 1, 2017 at 1:24 am

    i have this disease,it came when i was in 14 years old. and specialist doctor said me to get medicine 7 years and it is really trouble for me..

  • Reply krt dhi January 7, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Is rheumatic heart disease same as rheumatic endocarditis ??

  • Reply Joshua Johnson July 31, 2018 at 2:38 am

    Its been a wild ride. Amazing I even made it this far on my own.. I pray for healing. But I expect death. Soon.. Yet, I refuse to take my own life since I lost my mother to that. I will SUFFER until the very most painful thrashing lonely weeping end. Then my soul is in God's hands.

  • Reply Doc Zane October 28, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Strep throat should be treated for 10 days not a week. Undertreating it can lead to RF and RHD.

  • Reply Remnant Few ministries ministry November 1, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    I am praying for all those with RHD. My son is suffering with strep right now and is taking antibiotics after 3 days. I pray he recovers soon. Be encouraged and know God is able to help us in our time of need. I intend to raise awareness and funding to help those dealing with this awful disease. God bless you.

  • Reply Ernesto Dizon November 23, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    paano poh iwasan at hnd lumala

  • Reply Junjun Tac, an April 4, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Hi i have a rheumatic heart disease

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