Home > Medical > Heart Health > Children and heart disease Children and heart disease All sections in Heart » About Heart » Children & Heart Disease » Congenital Heart Disease » Emergency Treatment » FAQs » Diet and your Heart » Health Tips » Heart and Exercise » Heart Attack » Heart Transplants » After a Heart Attack » Multimedia » Heart News » Obesity » Smoking & your Heart » Stress & your Heart » Tests & Procedures » The Heart in Space » Treatment » Women & Heart Disease New action plan against rheumatic heart disease The World Heart Federation has announced a comprehensive action plan to address rheumatic heart disease, a silent killer that affects mostly poor children in underprivileged areas. 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. Sore throat or heart disease? Is it just a sore throat, or an attack on your child's heart? Rheumatic heart disease is the leading cause of heart disease in African children. And yet it is entirely preventable. Ask Cardiologist » Quiz Is your diet heart-healthy? » Quiz Could I have high cholesterol? » Subscribe Newsletters » Simple tips on keeping a healthy heart 7 steps to a healthier heart 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. 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. 10 tips to get kids healthy A regular intake of fruit and vegetables not only reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease amongst children, but also cultivates an attitude of healthy living from a young age. Help kids avoid weight problems Overweight children often suffer socially and have a greater risk of developing conditions like heart disease and diabetes. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.