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What does rheumatic heart disease mean?
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Emily Lu
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Emily Lu
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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