Rheumatic heart disease
Rheumatic heart disease is a serious complication of rheumatic fever. It refers to the chronic heart valve damage that can develop years after a bout of rheumatic fever, often leading to heart failure if left untreated.
Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that can develop as a result of inadequately treated strep throat or scarlet fever. When this happens, the immune system responds abnormally with chronic inflammation and the gradual deposit of calcium crystals in and around the valves of the heart.
Rheumatic fever is most common in children and adolescents.
Most common forms of rheumatic heart disease:
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