What Damage Can Rheumatic Fever Have on the Heart?


Rheumatic fever can cause permanent damage to the heart. What are the exact consequences?


Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease caused by untreated or incompletely treated strep infection or scarlet fever. This disease can leave permanent damage to the heart valves.

Once the heart valves are damaged by rheumatic fever, it is increasing hard for the heart to function properly and pump blood. The risk of heart failure also increases over time. It takes time for the symptoms related with the heart to appear. The symptoms depend on the how severely the heart is damaged, including palpitations, breathlessness, chest pain, and swelling.


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