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<< Acute Rheumatic Fever: An Evidence-Based Approach to Diagnosis and Initial Management (Pharmacology CME)

Introduction

An emergency medicine clinician in the United States or in most developed countries is unlikely to diagnose a patient with acute rheumatic fever (ARF). Despite the low prevalence in the United States, the global burden of ARF and rheumatic heart disease remains high. It is estimated that there are 471,000 new cases of ARF each year, with the overall burden of rheumatic heart disease estimated at 15.6 million cases and over 233,000 deaths per year worldwide.1

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