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How do you cure rheumatic heart disease?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Treat: Rheumatic heart disease (rhd) is the result of an infection. Once the infection has occurred and the damage has been done a person is left with what we call rheumatic heart disease (no damage-no rhd). This usually involves the heart valves. Depending on the severity it may require only observation, medical therapy or even surgical repair or replacement.Every case needs to be individually assessed.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
undefined 51 years experience
Rheumatic: We first treat rheumatic fever. If the heart disease appears later, we deal with the manifestation. We don't really cure.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
undefined 51 years experience
Rheumatic: Rheumatic heart disease is valvular disease resulting from having had rheumatic fever.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for rheumatic heart disease?

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Dr. Cynthia Thaik
Cardiology 31 years experience
Surgical rarely: Rheumatic heart disease is caused by rheumatic fever. In the acute setting, antibiotics to treat the strep infection, Aspirin to decrease inflammation, and occasionally steroids are used. In most cases, the valvular scar caused by rheumatic fever are minor, and does not require intervention. However if the regurgitant (leaky) or stenotic (narrow) condition is severe, surgery may be indicated.
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What are the symptoms of rheumatic heart disease?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
CHF or AF: Rhd causes thickening and blockage (stenosis) of the mitral valve which can lead to congestive heart failure (shortness of breath, swelling, fatigue). In addition, the left atrium enlarges which often interferes with conduction of electrical impulses resulting in atrial fibrillation. Without treatment, blood clots can form in the enlarged and stagnant left atrium leading to stroke.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for rheumatic heart disease?

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Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 29 years experience
Rheumatic heart : After diagnosis for rheumatic fever then over time can develop rheumatic heart disease. It usually develops many years after the initial diagnosis and affects individuals in the 5th or 6th decade of life. Valvular disease is best followed by regular echos or ultrasounds of the heart.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Which type of heart diseases are there and can it be cured?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
undefined 51 years experience
Various causes: Cardiomyopathy is a generic term for abnormal heart muscle. It can be caused by infections, poisons, genetics, and physiologic causes. There are both weak heart and 'strong heart' cardiomyopathies. The cause of someone's cardiomyopathy requires more information than the term cardiomyopathy.

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