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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 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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Who gets rheumatic heart disease?

Who gets rheumatic heart disease?

Rheumatic fever : People who get acute rheumatic fever secondary to streptococcal pharyngitis are the recipients of rheumatic heart disease. During ARF patients get pancarditis, an inflammatory process which involves all layers of the heart tissues and which can produce differing degrees of permanent damage. ...Read more

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Is methathione ok with rheumatic heart disease?

Is methathione ok with rheumatic heart disease?

Why?: It should not necessarily influence rheumatic heart disease one way or the other. The question is why are you taking this natural amino acid? Is this a dietary supplement, or do you know something about it that most doctors do not? ...Read more

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What are the tests for rheumatic heart disease?

What are the tests for rheumatic heart disease?

Rheumatic heart : After diagnosis for rheumatic fever then over time can develop rheumatic heart disease. It usually develops many years after the initial diagnosis and affects individuals in the 5th or 6th decade of life. Valvular disease is best followed by regular echos or ultrasounds of the heart. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of rheumatic heart disease?

What are the symptoms of rheumatic heart disease?

CHF or AF: Rhd causes thickening and blockage (stenosis) of the mitral valve which can lead to congestive heart failure (shortness of breath, swelling, fatigue). In addition, the left atrium enlarges which often interferes with conduction of electrical impulses resulting in atrial fibrillation. Without treatment, blood clots can form in the enlarged and stagnant left atrium leading to stroke. ...Read more

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Rheumatic heart disease, what does this involve and how is it treated?

Rheumatic heart disease, what does this involve and how is it treated?

Serious: Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that can develop as a complication of inadequately treated strep throat. It can damage the heart valves and the heart muscle. It is treated with bed rest, antibiotics, aspirin, and, rarely, steroids. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rheumatic-fever/ds00250. ...Read more

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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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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

Dr. John Dent
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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


Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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