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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between Rheumatic Fever And Rheumatic Heart Disease

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Difference between rheumatic fever vs rheumatic heart disease?

Difference between rheumatic fever vs rheumatic heart disease?

ARF can cause RHD: Acute rheumatic fever is an immunologic response to a strep infection. It can cause fever, rash, arthritis and can damage the heart. Not everyone who gets acute rheumatic fever get permanent heart disease. Rheumatic heart disease is due to heart damage from acute rheumatic fever. ...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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Can you please tell me how rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease differ?

Can you please tell me how rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease differ?

Disease and complica: Rheumatic fever is a disease that can developed after an infection with streptococcus is not treated early. This can be complicated by rhematic heart disease and arthritis and renal failure, etc. ...Read more

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If you had rheumatic fever what is the chances of rheumatic heart disease later?

If you had rheumatic fever what is the chances of rheumatic heart disease later?

Up to 50%: About half of individuals who have rheumatic fever with evidence of carditis at presentation will develop significant enough damage to the heart valves to lead to a murmur later on in life (10-20 years later). The murmur may or may not be clinically significant. ...Read more

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How would i know if i had rheumatic heart disease? Had scarlet fever that went untreated longer than it should have 22 years ago.

How would i know if i had rheumatic heart disease? Had scarlet fever that went untreated longer than it should have 22 years ago.

An exam could help: Rheumatic heart disease is the result of a strep infection. Fortunately most don't go on to have heart involvement, particularly if the infection is treated. If your heart valves were affected it would very likely be audible on physical exam. If your physician is suspicious, they may order an echocardiogram to confirm those suspicions. ...Read more

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If you had rheumatic fever what is the chances of getting rehumatic heart disease?

If you had rheumatic fever what is the chances of getting rehumatic heart disease?

Low: I'm assuming standard penicillin or Erythromycin rx. If treated early and your CRP becomes low normal, the risk is small. ...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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I have rheumatic heart disease and venous insufficiency. What are my options?

I have rheumatic heart disease and venous insufficiency. What are my options?

Coordinate care: In a situation like this, it is important for you to see a vein specialist (phlebologist ) about your veins. Your phlebologist should then discuss your case with your cardiologist. If both agree that you would benefit from having vein treatment, they can coordinate your care to make sure that treatment is safe for your heart and effective for your veins. Nowadays, major surgery is rarely needed. ...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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Dr. Christine Hom
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Rheumatic Fever (Definition)

When the body produces antibodies to the streptococcus organism, the antibodies can affect the heart and kidneys; this inflammatory reaction is called an autoimmune reaction. The period of active inflammation of the heart ...Read more


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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more