How to Prevent RHD?

Q:

My child is having rheumatic fever! I want to know how to prevent RHD?

A:

American Heart Association (AHA) formulates the guidelines of the prevention of rheumatic heart disease (RHD). RHD is the result of one single severe or recurrent rheumatic fever. Therefore, treatment of rheumatic fever is the crucial step to prevent RHD. Although RHD has been increasing rare in developed countries, the developing world still suffers from it. The guidelines are important for these countries.

The precipitating cause of rheumatic fever is group A streptococcus infections of the pharynx. It is very important to have the awareness. Proper diagnosis and adequate and complete antibiotic treatment work to prevent acute rheumatic fever in most cases. However, the use of antibiotic prophylaxis is limited to treat certain types of diseases.

 

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