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Dr. John Dent
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Rheumatic Heart Disease (Overview)

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


Dr. John Dent
150 doctors shared insights

Rheumatic Heart Disease (Overview)

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


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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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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask for STD testing
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Have your partner get STD testing
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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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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Is it safe to have a gall bladder surgery if you have rheumatic heart disease?

Is it safe to have a gall bladder surgery if you have rheumatic heart disease?

Yes: Depending on the degree of damage to the heart the surgeon could choose to give you some antibiotics during the surgery....But generally surgery is not contraindicated. ...Read more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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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

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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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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I have rheumatic heart disease and some venous insufficiency; are there single drugs that treat both?

I have rheumatic heart disease and some venous insufficiency; are there single drugs that treat both?

2:1 Drug Rx: These are two different disease processes. Venous insufficiency is treated most often without medication but with compression. With your ra, you may feel uncomfortable with the compression that may require some compromise (a palliative approach) between yourself and your clinician. ...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