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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). ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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What is the pathophysiology of rheumatic heart disease?

What is the pathophysiology of rheumatic heart disease?

Autoantibodies: Rheumatic heart disease is one of the complications of an untreated strep infection.A month or more after the infection, the body has made antibodies that mistale the tissue of the heart for the germ they were designed to fight.Over time thease antibodies cause inflamation of the heart and can injure the valves. After the acute phase is past, you have a weaker heart with leaky valves and murmurs. ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of rheumatic heart disease in diagram form?

What is the pathophysiology of rheumatic heart disease in diagram form?

See picture: Try this. http://pictures.doccheck.com/en/photos/2/15631/pathophysiology-of-rheumatic-heart-disease/.

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is radioactive medicine okay for a person with rheumatic heart disease?

Is radioactive medicine okay for a person with rheumatic heart disease?

Yes: I am not sure what you mean by radioactive medicine. Radioactive materials are given for certain heart tests or at times for treatment, such as to treat an overactive thyroid. Either way, the presence of rheumatic heart disease would have nothing to do with the use of radiatioactive substances. ...Read more

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Is rheumatic heart disease related to asthma?

Is rheumatic heart disease related to asthma?

No: Rheumatic fever (rf) is casued by a bacterial infection (streptococcus) and can cause heart valve problems. Asthma is a condition of the lungs and airway obstruction and spasm. However, if heart valves are affected by rf, then they can leak and cause symptoms that mimic asthma. This condition of commonly referred to as cardiac asthma. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Rheumatic Heart Disease (Definition)

Rheumatic heart disease is a condition where a bacterial infection with Streptococcus leads to damage to the ...Read more


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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more