What Are the Consequences of RHD?


What are the consequences of RHD if my child has this disease?


Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a kind of disease that will induce permanent damage to the patients. The heart valves are damaged and scarred and other diseases can be triggered by RHD, including heart failure, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat), and stroke. However, it is entirely preventable by treating streptococcal sore throats.

The most vulnerable people are the ones who are affected the disease. Most of them are young, female and from developing countries. It is especially dangerous for those who are pregnant. The disease can have significant physiological effects on them, especially those in Africa, Yemen, and India, which can lead to maternal mortality. They usually use warfarin to treat the disease. However, the medicine is known to cause fetal loss, fetal abnormalities, and additional complications when they are pregnant. For those who develop this disease when they were young, they may suffer from it for the rest of their lives. They may be able to receive special education and other related services if they suffer from it for a long time.


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