Rheumatic Heart Disease

What is Rheumatic Heart Disease?

Rheumatic heart disease is a chronic condition that occurs as a complication of untreated or inadequately treated rheumatic fever. It primarily affects the heart valves, leading to scarring and deformation, which can result in heart failure, stroke, and other severe cardiovascular issues.

Rheumatic Heart Disease​

Symptoms of Rheumatic Heart Disease

Common symptoms can include:

  • Shortness of breath, especially during activity or when lying down
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Chest pain or palpitations
  • Swelling in the legs, abdomen, or other areas
  • Joint pain or swelling

Treatment Options

Management may involve:

  • Antibiotics to treat or prevent streptococcal infections that can trigger rheumatic fever
  • Anti-inflammatory medications to control symptoms
  • Diuretics and other medications to manage heart failure symptoms
  • Surgical interventions like valve repair or replacement in severe cases

If you are experiencing symptoms or have a history of rheumatic fever, early intervention is essential. Schedule your appointment with our cardiac specialists today for a comprehensive evaluation and a personalized treatment plan to manage Rheumatic Heart Disease effectively.

Disclaimer: The information on this page is intended for educational purposes and should not replace professional medical advice. If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as acute chest pain or shortness of breath, dial 911 immediately for emergency medical assistance.