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.

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What are rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease?

Rh fever. Rh fever is an inflammation that occurs following a strep infection which is no treated. It can cause arthritis, rashes and rh heart disease, which can result in damage to the heart muscle, heart valves and/or the pericardial sack (which surrounds the heart. Read more...

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...

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

See below. Rheumatic fever can manifest as rheumatic heart disease, but can also manifest as migratory arthritis, central nervous system issues, a rash and/or subcutaneous nodules. All of these conditions arise a few weeks following an untreated streptococcal infection, when the body produced antibodies that reacts with different parts of the body (e.g. The heart, joints, nervous system, etc.). Read more...
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...

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...
Heart disease. Rheumatic heart disease means the heart disease caused by rheumatic fever. The commonest forms are mitral stenosis and aortic stenosis, the insufficient forms of these valve abnormalities are almost as common. Read more...

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...
Rheumatic. We first treat rheumatic fever. If the heart disease appears later, we deal with the manifestation. We don't really cure. Read more...

What can I do for rheumatic heart disease?

Compliance. Rheumatic fever is preventable by treating strep throat with antibiotics. During the acute phase, there is little you can do beyond complying with the medical treatment, which helps but does not cure. If you have lasting damage to the valves, you will be managed either medically or surgically. Try to stay as aerobically fit as your physician thinks good & keep your coronary risk low. Read more...
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...

Why do I have rheumatic heart disease at the age of 40?

Earlier exposure. Rheumatic heart disesase occurs after scarring develops longterm after previous rheumatic fever (usually years to decades before). Rf is caused by a strep infection that infiltrates the heart muscle causing a cascade of inflammation (pancarditis) throughout the muscle and valves. Years later the valve inflammation results in tethering and scarring of the valves which leads to obstruction/regurg. Read more...
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...