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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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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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How does Rheumatic Heart Disease lead to rhythm issues? Which ones are common with RHD? How does RHD present on echocardiogram?

How does Rheumatic Heart Disease lead to rhythm issues? Which ones are common with RHD? How does RHD present on echocardiogram?

Atrial arrhythmia : Rheumatic heart disease results in one or multiple valves becoming stenotic or obstructed thereby leading to increased intracardiac pressures in the upstream chambers. That in turn causes dilatation of the atria And electrical instability (arrhythmia). Valve morphology on echo would be highly suggestive of RHD as it has a tell tale pattern well described. Treat valve disease to heal ...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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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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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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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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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 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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How long do people with rheumatic heart disease live?

How long do people with rheumatic heart disease live?

Long: In this day and age we have so many options for medical and surgical treatment with even more technologies coming. I would bet that life expectancy would be pretty close to someone without rheumatic heart disease. ...Read more

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What is most likely to cause rheumatic heart disease?

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

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Can rheumatic heart disease take the life of a person?

Can rheumatic heart disease take the life of a person?

Yes!: Rarely now because the acute disease rx is better, and heart surgery is better for this post-infectious immune arthritis. It can, but far less likely. ...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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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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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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How long can a person with rheumatic heart disease live with proper care?

How long can a person with rheumatic heart disease live with proper care?

Normal life : Assuming there is no severe valvular abnormality then you would expect normal life expectancy with proper care and secondary antibiotic prophylaxis. If there is severe valve involvement in the form of leakage and or stenosis (obstruction) then depends on that lesion. Your doctor would be more informed to give a more precise answer. ...Read more

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Help please? How many years can a person with rheumatic heart disease live?

Help please? How many years can a person with rheumatic heart disease live?

Rheumatic heart dis: Rheumatic ht. Usually involves abnormalities of the mitral and/or aortic valves. Sometimes these valves require replacement because of the damage from the rheumatic condition. Today people can live a long and fairly normal quality life if the problem is diagnosed and followed early before signficant heart damage. ...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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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