Saturday, February 20, 2010

Rheumatic Heart Disease

My elder sister is in the hospital right now, she just woke up one day and she had shortness of breath. She also noticed that her face swelled up a bit. I called them today and the doctor diagnosed her of having a rheumatic heart disease. I had no idea of this kind of heart disease so i deemed to do some research.

Rheumatic Heart disease is a bad condition of the heart in which the heart valve is damage due to rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever begins with some strep throat infections that really affects many of body tissues and organ specially the heart, its an inflammatory disease.

Accordingly the best defense of rheumatic heart disease is to hamper ourselves from having a rheumatic fever. Rheumatic heart disease might be a lifetime illness if not treated right away. I used to have throat infections and geese it scared me when I read about the symptoms of rheumatic fever.......

Rheumatic Fever:

  • Fever

  • skin rashes

  • shortness of breath

  • small, nodules under the skin

  • chest pain

  • heart palpitations

  • swollen joints

  • fatigue
Strep Throat

  • sore throat/swollen tonsils

  • pain of swallowing

  • headache

  • vomitting, nausea, abdominal pain

  • fever of 101 to 104 F
I am very worried for my sister..help me to pray for her. Thanks

1 comment:

  1. Great Article! Thanks for posting! http://www.themitralvalve.org/mitralvalve/clinicalpresentationpathophysiology

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