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Difference between rheumatic fever vs rheumatic heart disease?

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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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