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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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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 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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What is the cause of rheumatic heart disease and heart murmurs?

What is the cause of rheumatic heart disease and heart murmurs?

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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Rheumatic heart disease, could this cause you to have heart murmurs?

Rheumatic heart disease, could this cause you to have heart murmurs?

Yes: Rheumatic fever can affect the heart, most commonly the heart valves. Early cardiac findings of acute rheumatic fever include mitral insufficiency and aortic insufficiency. Long-term consequences of rheumatic heart disease include the development mitral stenosis and/or aortic stenosis. The tricuspid and pulmonary valves can also be affected. ...Read more

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Is radioactive medicine safe for someone with rheumatic heart disease?

Is radioactive medicine safe for someone with rheumatic heart disease?

Depends: I beileve this would depend on a few things such as the area being radiated and the risk of not getting the radioactive treatment. It is possible that not treating the illness with radioactive medicine is worse for the heart disease than the radiation exposure itself. ...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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I has rheumatic heart disease and undergone valvuloplasty in 2009.but now(in 2014) restenosis is taking place?why is it happening?what should we do?

I has rheumatic heart disease and undergone valvuloplasty in 2009.but now(in 2014) restenosis is taking place?why is it happening?what should we do?

Not uncommon: Although you are fairly young to have developed rheumatic mitral valve (MV) disease. Restonosis is not uncommon with rheumatic MV after valvuloplasty. If the valve still appears amenable to valvuloplasty by echocardiogram it can be re-attempted. However, if that's not an option your only other choice is a valve replacement. Best of luck. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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