What is Chronic RHD?


What is chronic RHD?


Chronic rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is the result of rheumatic fever which leads to heart tissue lesions. Chronic RHD is disabling and sometimes fatal, and is the primary cause of death in rheumatic fever. However, the disease is 100% preventable and largely prevented by adequate antibiotic prophylaxis.

Chronic RHD is characterized by permanent valvular lesions and repeated inflammation with fibrinous resolution, often causing mitral stenosis. This kind of disorder is essentially mechanical and haemodynamic, because of which the defective valves can be infected at any time.

All around the world, chronic RHD is becoming increasing rare in the developed world. For instance, in the United States, chronic RHD is only likely to occur in the middle-aged and some immigrants now.


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