Rheumatic heart disease is inflammation and damage to the heart
muscle and heart valves that develop as a result of rheumatic fever. A strep
throat infection that is not properly treated can trigger rheumatic
Not all people who have rheumatic fever develop rheumatic
heart disease. But any heart damage that occurs is usually
August 2, 2012
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
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