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Genetics and RHD risk

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RF and RHD is more common in some families than in others. This probably reflects a combination of  shared risk factors within families (overcrowding, limited access to health services) and genetic risk of RF. Understanding the role of genetics in RF may make it possible to better target treatment and prevention activities. Improved understanding of genetic risk of RF and RHD is expected in the next few years.

Current studies exploring this issue include;