In addition to the resources and information produced by Heart Kids NZ, you can also find a list of services organisations and related links that may be useful to heart families

Heart Conditions & Medical Treatment

Long QT Syndrome

Long QT Syndrome

Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is an uncommon hereditary disorder characterised by abnormal electrical activity in the heart. It affects mostly children and young adults with frequent faints or even sudden death. More information can be found on Auckland District Health Board’s website.

Heart Conditions and Medical Treatments

Heart Kids recommends a number of different website that have some great information and resources for people wishing to know more about the various heart conditions.


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The use of antibiotics before dental visit

It is important to understand if you child still requires to be given antibiotics before dental treatment. In 2008, new guidelines on the use of prophylaxis antibiotics for the prevention of bacterial endocarditis were published in New Zealand. Here is a brief summary of the main points.

Leaflet on the use of antibiotics before a dental visit

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Functions of the Heart

This resource helps explain the functions of the Heart.

Leaflet on the functions of the heart for teachers

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Rheumatic Heart Disease

Rheumatic Fever (RF) is an inflammatory disease that can develop from an untreated bacterial throat infection commonly known as strep throat (streptococcal pharyngitis).

It takes from 1-5 weeks after the strep symptoms have gone for Acute RF to appear, usually in children between the ages of 5 and 15. Symptoms can include high fever, carditis (inflammation of the heart or its linings) and can persist for months.

They may reoccur at a later time if the strep throat reoccurs. The most potentially serious affect of Acute RF is the progressive damage it can cause to the heart, especially to the heart valves - known as Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD).

Brochure on Rheumatic Heart Disease

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