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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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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 are the treatments for coronary heart disease?

What are the treatments for coronary heart disease?

Numerous: Treatment depends on the extent of the problem. Exercise and a low cholesterol diet may have a role in prevention of cad. If CAD is present, low dose Aspirin (81 mg daily) can reduce risk of heart attack 50%. Cholesterol meds (statins) also lower risk 20-30%. If it is symptomatic (angina) medicines such as nitroglycerin, beta-blockers, and sometimes calcium channel blockers can be used. ...Read more

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What are treatments for heart disease?

What are treatments for heart disease?

Depends : Depending on how severe the blockages in your arteries are, treatment may include lifestyle changes, medications, and/or medical procedures or surgery. ...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 is rheumatic heart disease?

What is rheumatic heart disease?

Rheumatic: Rheumatic fever causes rheumatic heart disease. It usually is characterized by thickened mitral and or aortic valves along with other things ...Read more

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Which disease is more manageable, coronary heart disease or congestive heart failure?

Which disease is more manageable, coronary heart disease or congestive heart failure?

Serious and manageab: Congestive heart failure is often one of the compications of CAD. Both are serious conditions that can be managed with proper medications, diet, exercise and always addressing the root cause of the problem. ...Read more

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What patients are at risk for heart valve disease?

What patients are at risk for heart valve disease?

Depends: Depends on the part of the world. In the US, the most commonly affected valves are the mitral and the aortic valve, with the mitral valve developing leakage (incompetence) and the aortic either leakage or stenosis (tightening) or both. Hypertension, and other risk factors for coronary disease can also affect the aortic valve; mitral valve degeneration however is less well understood. ...Read more

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What is chelation therapy for coronary heart disease?

What is chelation therapy for coronary heart disease?

Binding heavy metals: Chelation is a hypothesis that there are heavy metals present that initiate and perpetuate certain disease states. By the use of certain compounds that bind up these heavy metals and allow the body to excrete them, the conditions can be stopped or even reversed. A large nih trial some years back concluded that chelation therapy was not effecacious in the treatment of coronary disease. ...Read more

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What are treatments for congestive heart failure?

What are treatments for congestive heart failure?

Medications: The categories of medicines used are called ace inhibitors, arb's, beta blockers, diuretics, and digoxin. Other things can be done such as salt and/or fluid restriction. Control of the underlying cause of the heart failure also needs to be considered. That might require repairing a valve, removing a blockage in an artery, or treating high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Are there cures for heart disease?

Are there cures for heart disease?

Heart disease: There are treatments for most forms of heart disease. True cures for heart diseases are uncommon. When a septal defect is closed leaving normal hemodynamics a relative cure is obtained. For most other heart problems a true cure is rare. ...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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How often do?Congenital heart disease present as?Heart failure?

How often do?Congenital heart disease present as?Heart failure?

Rarely in utero.: Even severe fetal cardiac defects rarely cause fetal hydrops or heart failure. On the other hand, many severe defects can present as florid cardiac failure in the nursery or the first few days/weeks of life and prompt expert care is mandatory. See: http://texaschildrens.Org/locate/doctors/ayres, -nancy/. ...Read more

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How is coronary heart disease treated?

How is coronary heart disease treated?

Medically: Medical treatment is the most important. Drugs to lower cholesterol and treat elevated blood pressure are essential. Aspirin and other anti-clotting drugs are key. Beta blocking drugs and angiotensin inhibiting drugs are also important. Invasive procedures such as angioplasty, stents and bypass surgery are best reserved for patiens with unstable disease. All patients need complete medical rx. ...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 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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Is MRI used for rheumatic diseases?

Is MRI used for rheumatic diseases?

Yes: It is used for many different reasons in rheumatic disease. It does not replace or change the value of plain X-rays and other types of tests. The key is always using the correct test to get the answers needed. Your doctor will be the best one to make this choice. ...Read more

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What patients get coronary heart disease?

What patients get coronary heart disease?

Many: Many different risk factors can lead to cad-some changeable, others not. Examples you can do something about include: smoking/tobacco, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol (& related) abnormalities, lack of exercise, obesity. Risks you can't change: family history, genetics, gender. Many people can get it-even those who don't "look" like they should, so get regular, thorough, proactive evals. ...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 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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Is there any permanent treatment for rheumatic heart disease and to completely eliminate a steprocoocus bacteria?

Is there any permanent treatment for rheumatic heart disease and to completely eliminate a steprocoocus bacteria?

Some what: Depending on the severity, rhd can be controlled with medications. Penicillin keeps the strep in check to prevent recurrences. As you get older, (>40), if you're not around children, pcn prophylaxis can be stopped. The ultimate treatment for rhd is commissurotomy or valve replacement but only in severe, symptomatic mitral stenosis. You can lead a normal life with treatment! ...Read more

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Can someone get a root canal treatment if he or she has rheumatic heart disease?

Can someone get a root canal treatment if he or she has rheumatic heart disease?

Yes.: It is difficult for me to imagine why it could not be done. In some cases it may be recommended to take antibiotics one hour prior to the procedure in order to prevent complications. ...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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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 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 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 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 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 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?

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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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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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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What is rheumatic heart disease?

Rheumatic: Rheumatic fever causes rheumatic heart disease. It usually is characterized by thickened mitral and or aortic valves along with other things ...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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Rheumatic Heart Disease (Definition)

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