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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

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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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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Rheumatic Fever (Definition)

An inflammatory disease that can involve the heart, joints, skin, and brain.It typically develops two to four weeks after ...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