Do Sex Differences Affect the Pathology of RHD?


Do sex differences affect the pathology of RHD?


Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is progressed from rheumatic fever which is caused by group A streptococci infection. The disease harms the aortic valve and can lead to heart failure.

As many other diseases, sex differences exist in the disease progression, treatment, and outcome. It is also known that sex differences affect the pathology of aortic valves in RHD. As for female patients, inflammation and a higher serum level of anti-streptolysin O antibodies are more likely to lead to the severe valve pathology.


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