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What is the treatment for rheumatic heart disease?

What is the treatment for rheumatic heart disease?

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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Is there any permanent treatment for rheumatic heart disease and to completely eliminate a steprocoocus bacteria?

Is there any permanent treatment for rheumatic heart disease and to completely eliminate a steprocoocus bacteria?

Some what: Depending on the severity, rhd can be controlled with medications. Penicillin keeps the strep in check to prevent recurrences. As you get older, (>40), if you're not around children, pcn prophylaxis can be stopped. The ultimate treatment for rhd is commissurotomy or valve replacement but only in severe, symptomatic mitral stenosis. You can lead a normal life with treatment!

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Can someone get a root canal treatment if he or she has rheumatic heart disease?

Can someone get a root canal treatment if he or she has rheumatic heart disease?

Yes.: It is difficult for me to imagine why it could not be done. In some cases it may be recommended to take antibiotics one hour prior to the procedure in order to prevent complications.

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What is most likely to cause rheumatic heart disease?

What is most likely to cause rheumatic heart disease?

Bacterial infection: Rheumatic heart disease is a complication of a pharyngeal infection with streptococcus (strep throat). It is rare in developed countries due to the wide availability of antibiotics and better hygeine.

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Can rheumatic heart disease take the life of a person?

Can rheumatic heart disease take the life of a person?

Yes!: Rarely now because the acute disease rx is better, and heart surgery is better for this post-infectious immune arthritis. It can, but far less likely.

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Difference between rheumatic fever vs rheumatic heart disease?

Difference between rheumatic fever vs rheumatic heart disease?

ARF can cause RHD: Acute rheumatic fever is an immunologic response to a strep infection. It can cause fever, rash, arthritis and can damage the heart. Not everyone who gets acute rheumatic fever get permanent heart disease. Rheumatic heart disease is due to heart damage from acute rheumatic fever.

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Is mitral stenosis typically the result of rheumatic heart disease?

Is mitral stenosis typically the result of rheumatic heart disease?

Can be: Rheumatic heart disease is pretty rare these days, due to aggressively treating strep throat with antibiotics. However, it is still the most common cause of mitral stenosis. In general, the causes of mitral stenosis include rheumatic fever, infective endocarditis and just the wear and tear of natural aging.

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Can you explain the pathophysiology of pneumonia and rheumatic heart disease?

Can you explain the pathophysiology of pneumonia and rheumatic heart disease?

Two diff diseases: These are two different diseases. Pneumonia is an infection in the lung that causes fluid to collect within the air spaces (maybe w/in a lobe or more diffuse). Rheumatic heart disease is caused by the body attacking the valves of the heart in response to an untreated/inadequately treated streptococcal (most often group a) infection ("strep throat" or other).

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Can you please tell me how rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease differ?

Can you please tell me how rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease differ?

Disease and complica: Rheumatic fever is a disease that can developed after an infection with streptococcus is not treated early. This can be complicated by rhematic heart disease and arthritis and renal failure, etc.

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If you had rheumatic fever what is the chances of rheumatic heart disease later?

If you had rheumatic fever what is the chances of rheumatic heart disease later?

Up to 50%: About half of individuals who have rheumatic fever with evidence of carditis at presentation will develop significant enough damage to the heart valves to lead to a murmur later on in life (10-20 years later). The murmur may or may not be clinically significant.

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How does Rheumatic Heart Disease lead to rhythm issues? Which ones are common with RHD? How does RHD present on echocardiogram?

How does Rheumatic Heart Disease lead to rhythm issues? Which ones are common with RHD? How does RHD present on echocardiogram?

Atrial arrhythmia: Rheumatic heart disease results in one or multiple valves becoming stenotic or obstructed thereby leading to increased intracardiac pressures in the upstream chambers. That in turn causes dilatation of the atria And electrical instability (arrhythmia). Valve morphology on echo would be highly suggestive of RHD as it has a tell tale pattern well described. Treat valve disease to heal

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I am 23 years old, 7 months pregnant with my second baby. I just knew I had rheumatic heart disease since childhood. How will this affect my delivery?

I am 23 years old, 7 months pregnant with my second baby. I just knew I had rheumatic heart disease since childhood. How will this affect my delivery?

Hard to say: There is a variation in the effect that Rheumatic fever/heart disease has on patients. This can vary from mild, fully recovered function to chronic illness or valvular disease requiring replacement. This answer requires access to your history, exam and any related tests of heart function. Your treating physicians are in the position to answer this for you.

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What does rheumatic heart disease mean?

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What does rheumatic heart disease mean?

Heart valve problem: Rheumatic heart disease is when antibodies (originally produced against untreated strep infections) attack heart proteins, which usually causes problems with the heart valves, like mitral regurgitation. It can also predispose you for other bacteria growing on the heart valves, so people with rheumatic heart disease must get antibiotics before receiving any dental surgery.

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How do you cure rheumatic heart disease?

How do you cure rheumatic heart disease?

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.

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What can I do for rheumatic heart disease?

Compliance: Once you have rheumatic heart disease, best you can do is comply with the medical therapy recommended by your cardiologist. Plus, most importantly, continue with the penicillin prophylaxis (or other antibiotics if allergic to penicillin) to prevent other episodes of rheumatic fever which may considerably worsen the degree of heart disease. So continue with the antibiotics as instructed by ur doc.

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Why do I have rheumatic heart disease at the age of 40?

Rheumatic fever: One (or often more) episodes of rheumatic fever in childhood can damage one or more heart valves resulting in rheumatic heart disease as an adult.

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Help please? What is the simplest meaning of "rheumatic heart disease"?

Is: An inflammatory heart disease that may result post streptoccocus infection. Cardiac valves may be damaged.

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