What Are the Complications of Rheumatic Fever?

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What are the complications of rheumatic fever?

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Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disorder started with strep throat or scarlet fever, which cause permanent damage to the heart valves. Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is the main complication of rheumatic fever. The damaged heart valves should be repaired or even replaced with either an organic heart valve (pig valve) or a mechanical heart valve. In this way, heart failure may be prevented effectively.

Other complications include:

  • Valve stenosis, which refers to the narrowing of a valve.
  • Valve regurgitation, which refers to a leak in the valve that leads blood flow in the wrong direction.
  • Heart muscle damage, which is caused by an inflammation that interfere the effective blood flow.
  • Atrial fibrillation, which refers to an irregular rhythm in the upper chambers of the heart.
  • Heart failure, during which heart can pump blood to no parts of the body.

 

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