Treatment without prevention is not a sustainable solution.
— BILL GATES —
PRESIDENT OF THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION
The Heart Fund informs parents, children, teachers and healthcare workers of cardiopathic risks in developing countries.
Prevention is based on a series of actions that allow
avoiding the development of infantile heart diseases
The prevention of acute articular rheumatism using economical and reproducible measures such as simple antibiotic therapy enables avoiding severe complications and premature death.
Prevention requires educating people by distributing information concerning the disease and its causes and risk factors, as well as solutions that enable modifying behavior and risky environments.
Attract attention to the importance of prevention and help parents and the general population to recognize the signs and symptoms of congenital and rheumatic cardiopathies. Incite families to go to health services for evaluation.
Although no cause has been found for most congenital cardiopathies, there are risk factors such as tobacco, alcohol and infections such as rubella, while certain toxic substances are responsible for malformations.
IMPROVING THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT
Precarious environmental and health conditions, along with promiscuity, are associated to a higher risk of rheumatic cardiac diseases and can lead to faster and more frequent contamination by the streptococcus responsible for rheumatic fever.
Vaccination against rubella
Control of maternal diabetes
Avoidance of toxic substances (chemical, teratogenic medicines, herbs, alcohol, etc.)
Folic acid supplements of at least 400 micrograms daily
Treatment of throat infections caused byalpha-hemolytic streptococci