A 62-year-old member asked:
Is rheumatic heart disease an autoimmune disorder?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Emily Lu answered
6 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: Rheumatic heart disease generally follows untreated strep throat or rheumatic fever (which is also caused by streptococcus) because the body produces antibodies against the streptococcus bacteria that also react with proteins in the heart, causing rheumatic heart disease.
Answered on Dec 28, 2016
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