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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

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 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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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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How is heart disease caused?

How is heart disease caused?

Many causes: Heart disease can be caused by many things such as genetics or a bacterial infection. Perhaps the most common risk factors are related to lifestyle and thus can be changed. Smoking, excessive alcohol use, obesity, or uncontrolled blood sugars in a diabetic are all important risk factors for cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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What is sick in heart disease?

What is sick in heart disease?

To broad: There is sick sinus syndrome which a pt needs a pace maker. There's atheroslcerotic heart disease with cholesterol build up in arteries of the heart. Valvular heart disease is when the valves of the heart are leaking or blocked. Need to be more specfic. ...Read more

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Is e heart disease hereditary?

Is e heart disease hereditary?

Heart disease: Yes certain forms of heart disease are genetic. ...Read more

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What is causing heart disease?

What is causing heart disease?

Various causes: Cardiomyopathy is a generic term for abnormal heart muscle. It can be caused by infections, poisons, genetics, and physiologic causes. There are both weak heart and 'strong heart' cardiomyopathies. The cause of someone's cardiomyopathy requires more information than the term cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Can you describe heart disease?

Can you describe heart disease?

Yes and No: In 400 words? Well there are lots of things that can go wrong with the heart. The muscle can be weak, the valves can lea. If the arteries bet blocked it can damage the muscle and cause heart failure. There can be infections of the heart or tumors. There can be rhythm problems making it beat to fast or slow. So I am about out fo words but not too bad for four hundred letters more or less. ...Read more

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Signs of heart disease in women?

Signs of heart disease in women?

Women and CAD: It may be, at times women can have somewhat atypical symptoms. They are usually associated with shortness of breath or lightheadedness.
If you have symptoms that occur and do not resolve with rest you should see your physician or go to the er. ...Read more

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List of all heart disease names?

List of all heart disease names?

Need more space...: This is not a practical forum for this curious question--you probably better off googling it. But to name a few: coronary artery disease, hypertensive hd, valvular hd, cardiomyopathies (dilated, hypertrophic, tachycardic types), endocarditis, atrial fibrillation, flutter, wolf-parkinson-white syndrome, r or l bundle branch block, pvcs, pat, 1st/sec/3rd heart block, heart failure. Have fun learning. ...Read more

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Can someone inherit heart disease?

Can someone inherit heart disease?

Sometimes: Having a parent or sibling with heart disease can represent an inheritable heart disease not all family risk is the same, though. Men younger than 55 and women <65 are considered to be higher risk relatives. An 85 year old grandfather with a heart attack or a heavy smoking 63 y/o dad with a heart attack may not represent a gene to their thin, frequent jogger grandson/son. ...Read more

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I am worried I have heart disease?

I am worried I have heart disease?

Worry: If you're worried go see your doctor and discuss this with the dr. If the dr. Finds no evidence for heart disease, then you can worry about something else. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of heart disease?

What are symptoms of heart disease?

Many: Common symptoms include chest pain/ tightness, chest pressure, shortness of breath, worse shortness of breath with exertion, jaw and left arm pain. Sometimes, however, people can be asymptomatic (without any symptoms) like women, diabetics and the elderly. ...Read more

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How could stess cause heart disease?

How could stess cause heart disease?

External Stress: Sometimes raises certain hormones in your body that over time may cause injuries to your blood vessels and or/ vital organs. ...Read more

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How bad is it to have heart disease?

How bad is it to have heart disease?

Not good.: Depends on the disease and severity, but heart disease is the leading cause of death in america. ...Read more

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What are some kinds of heart disease?

What are some kinds of heart disease?

Multiple: Heart disease can involved the muscle (walls), the valves, the arteries, the chambers (congenital), the pumps (rv and lv), the arteries and the electrical system. ...Read more

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What kind of fat causes heart disease?

What kind of fat causes heart disease?

Unsaturated fat: In general, multiple longterm studies have shown that unsaturated fat increases the risk of heart disease. However recent data is challenging these links. But still the best thing to do is to try to increase intake of healthy fats and decrease intake of unhealthy fats. ...Read more

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What are common causes of heart disease?

What are common causes of heart disease?

Many things: The major ones are lifestyle and genetics. Eating a diet loaded with saturated fats (i.E animal products), sedentary lifestyle, and genetic predisposition is the recipe for heart disease. ...Read more

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What are possible signs of heart disease?

What are possible signs of heart disease?

Many things: Unexplained heartburn, particularly with exercise, palpitations, chest pain, very poor exercise tolerance, feeling like you're choking when laying flat, significant swelling of the lower legs. To name a few.... ...Read more

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What are the signs of early heart disease?

What are the signs of early heart disease?

Often, none: While medicine has come a long way, there are things we cannot predict. Often the first sign of coronary artery disease is a heart attack. Things that can be controlled to delay this include: smoking cessation, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol control, increase exercise, healthy diet. Family history and age give idea of how worried to be. ...Read more

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What are some consequences of heart disease?

What are some consequences of heart disease?

End point: death: Untreated, heart disease can be aggressive. It is a progressive disease and 80% of heart disease patients also have peripheral vascular disease. As it progresses, the arteries clog. Arteries can occlude or the plaque, if fragile, can break off and travel through the blood stream which can be deadly. So, either by occluding arteries and causing myocardial infarctions or otherwise, it is deadly. ...Read more

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What are symtoms of heart disease for women?

What are symtoms of heart disease for women?

The typical symptoms: You here are about such as chest pain, or radiation of pain to the jaw, neck, or arm, shortness of breath, or exertional shortness of breath, or sweats. Sometimes, people have atypical symptoms, such as discomfort in the abdomen. You might have nausea. Sometimes, it can be fatigue but this is pretty atypical. Keep in mind your risk factors. If you have them, be proactive and be tested... Good luck. ...Read more

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What are signs of an underlying heart disease?

What are signs of an underlying heart disease?

The symptoms can be: Chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, profuse sweating, nausea, dizziness, usually worse with exercise. ...Read more

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What are the different types of heart disease?

What are the different types of heart disease?

Too many to list: However, when people generically refer to "heart disease" they are usually talking about cholesterol plaque in the coronary arteries (cad). ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting heart disease?

Variable: Your individual risk will depend on your family history, your cholesterol level, your diet, your activity level, and whether or not you smoke or have diabetes. Your doc can evaluate this for you. ...Read more

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What are risk factors for heart disease in women?

What are risk factors for heart disease in women?

Mars/Venus: High blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity (bmi 30+), family history of heart disease. Some things increase risk more for gals than guys: smoking, mental stress/depression, lower estrogen after menopause; metabolic syndrome (belly fat+high blood pressure+high triglycerides+high blood sugar). We can: get moving, don't smoke, eat right, watch our weight, balance work/play. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for heart disease in women?

What are the risk factors for heart disease in women?

Same for men: The risk factors for women are the same risk factors for men. The big 5 are hypertension, elevated cholesterol, cigarettes, diabetes, and family history of coronary artery disease. ...Read more