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What is rheumatic heart disease?

Dec 27, 2016 / A&K Global Health

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a chronic heart condition. It occurs as a result of rheumatic fever (RF). The valves of the heart that are most commonly affected by RHD are, in order, mitral, aortic, tricuspid, and pulmonary. In most cases, the mitral valve is involved with one or more of the other three valves.

One example of the life-threatening conditions that can develop for individuals with RHD is aortic valve stenosis/regurgitation. The aortic valve allows the blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta: when this valve does not open or close properly (stenosis), or leaks blood backwards (regurgitation), there is increased pressure in the heart, which leads to heart damage.

What causes aortic stenosis/regurgitation?

What are the symptoms?

What about children, any special symptoms?

I have some of these symptoms. What tests and appointments should I make with my doctor?

How is aortic stenosis/regurgitation treated?

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