Debbie’s story: Rheumatic Heart


At the age of six years old she developed rheumatic fever, which damaged her heart valves. Now age 54, she considers herself lucky to have no heart attacks nor any heart valve replacements. Only prescribed Penicillin for about 6 months.

“being a very active person, my heart rate would reach 145bpm and it would feel like I cannot get enough oxygen.”

Debbie Adams

Debbie is currently living in Swaziland and recently made the best decision of her life. 3 Kids later and still motivated to be active and to keep up with her friends on the bike.


She decided to buy herself a Silverback S-Electro TRAIL bike. Her friends would be very concerned that she would get a heart attack any time soon because she always wanted too and believes she can keep up with her riding crew. Most of all she didn’t want to give up doing what she loves.

Being very involved in running and swimming she had to take a step back and care for her health. It is vital that she keeps her heart rate below dangerous levels, with no risk of a heart attack. “it is the best thing I have ever done, I love my bike,” says Mrs. Adams.

The S-Electro TRAIL bike is like a match made in heaven for Debbie, “ It charges really quickly to 80% and helps me venture where ever I want to go.”

“Fortunately, my job requires me to be outdoors and be active,” she adds. Eating healthy and keeping fit would be the top two requirements for the start of a better life.

S-Electro Trail, e-bike
The S-Electro Trail brings uncompromised climbing and descending prowess to trail e-bikes.


  • The global burden of disease caused by rheumatic fever and RHD currently falls disproportionately on children and young adults. Especially those living in low-income countries, accounting for 233,000 deaths annually.
  • At least 15.6 million people are estimated to be currently affected by RHD. A a significant number of them requiring repeated hospitalization and, unaffordable, heart surgery in the next five to 20 years.
  • The worst affected areas are sub-Saharan Africa, south-central Asia, the Pacific and indigenous populations of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Up to 1 percent of all schoolchildren in Africa, Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean region, show signs of the disease.
  • Globally, up to 80 million people suffer from RHD. Up to 460,000 people die from RHD each year, with nearly 300,000 new cases detected every year. However, cases of rheumatic fever go greatly underreported
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