Health Mondays: A Focus On Rheumatic Heart Disease

Rheumatic Heart Disease
Rheumatic heart disease is a chronic condition in which the heart valves are damaged as a result of an inflammatory process caused by a certain condition known as rheumatic fever.

Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory condition that develops after throat infection by a bacterium known as group A- Streptococcus.

It may take time(even 10 to 20 years) before rheumatic heart disease develops after the rheumatic fever presenting. 

Statistically, up to 60 percent of people with rheumatic fever will likely later develop rheumatic heart disease as a complication.

Symptoms

  • Chest discomfort.
  • Chest pain.
  • Strained breathing.
  • Feeling of your heartbeat.
  • Fatigue.
  • Lightheadedness/dizziness.
  • Swelling of the ankles/feet.

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