Heart Health

Children and heart disease

Learn more about heart disease in children including information and advice on rheumatic heart disease and rheumatic fever.

Protect your child from heart disease

The World Heart Federation is calling for people to take action now to protect their own heart health, as well as that of their children to safeguard future generations.

Prevent fatal rheumatic fever

Mozart died of rheumatic fever. So did the poet Robert Burns. So do almost half a million other people worldwide, every year.

Help kids avoid weight problems

Overweight children often suffer socially and have a greater risk of developing conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

Sore throat or rheumatic heart disease?

Is it just a sore throat, or an attack on your child's heart? Rheumatic heart disease is the leading cause of preventable heart disease in African children.

Obese SA kids and heart disease

More than 29% of SA men and 56% of SA women are classified as overweight or obese, and there is a growing concern that obesity is no longer only a problem among adults.

Sudden death kills 2 000 a year

Sudden cardiac death claims the lives of as many as 2 000 young South Africans per year who are seemingly healthy and who show no signs of heart disease.

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