What is the incidence rate of RHD? Is there any difference among various regions?
The incidence rates of rheumatic heart disease all over the world vary a lot. In the United States, the disease has become quite rare. Approximately only one person will develop the disease among 23,505 people.
However, in Australia, Indigenous Australians remain as a vulnerable group. Due to improved diagnosis and registration, the rate of new RHD registrations increased significantly, from 0.2 to 1.1 per 1,000, between 2010 and 2013. Between 2006 and 2013, the rate of new RHD registrations decreased by 41% and 42% in the Northern Territory and the Top End of the Northern Territory respectively, while no significant change is showed in Central Australia.
Keywords: rheumatic heart disease statistics