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What is the cause of rheumatic heart disease and heart murmurs?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: Rheumatic heart dise

Rheumatic fever affects the heart muscle leave sometimes permanent damage to the valves especially mitral, aortic and tricuspid valves.
Any affection of the valve can produce murmur due to the flow of blood.

In brief: Rheumatic heart dise

Rheumatic fever affects the heart muscle leave sometimes permanent damage to the valves especially mitral, aortic and tricuspid valves.
Any affection of the valve can produce murmur due to the flow of blood.
Dr. Gutti Rao
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