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Is rheumatic heart disease an autoimmune disorder?

Is rheumatic heart disease an autoimmune disorder?

Rheumatic disease: In a sense, yes. You get a strep pharyngitis infection that creates millions of antibodies to fight the infection. Some of those antibodies can turn rogue and recognize a component of the heart valves as foreign, leading to an immunologic attack on the heart valves. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

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 does rheumatic heart disease mean?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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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?

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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Is it necessary for a person suffering from rheumatic heart disease to be inactive?

Is it necessary for a person suffering from rheumatic heart disease to be inactive?

NOT NECESSARILY: Rest may be beneficial during acute rheumatic fever, but whether rest is necessary for the heart disease will depend in large part on the severity of heart changes due to the arf. This should be discussed with your primary care physician and cardiologist. ...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

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...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