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Important Facts About Rheumatic Heart Disease

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on October 17, 2011 - 1:11 am (436 views — 381 words)

Heart disease is a health condition that people have to take more seriously. Why people act this way is not clear but according to statistics, less than 20% of heart attack victims were diagnosed with heart disease. More than 80% of the heart attack victims were oblivious to heart disease. This can tell us that many people who continue to live unhealthy and abusive lives are in denial even if they know that they are at high risk of acquiring this disease Which only means that we have to be proactive if we want to lower the risk of attaining this disease. Heart disease attacks when you least expect it, especially if you have rheumatic heart disease.

Rheumatic heart disease is a complication caused by rheumatic fever, this condition usually affects children and adolescents aged 5 - 15. An untreated strep throat is what causes rheumatic fever, that starts from a simple bacterial infection. The bacteria responsible for the strep throat is usually acquired at school, where students are usually clustered together for prolonged periods. The throat is the targeted area of infection, this is the reason strep throat is mistakenly associated with soar throat. The only difference between the two is that strep throat is caused by bacteria while a soar throat is caused by a virus. Both these conditions have similar symptoms and is the reason why throat infections should be taken seriously because it could be a strep throat condition, and this can progress to a life-threatening disease if left untreated. If strep throat is left to progress it can lead to rheumatic fever, this specific fever can cause the heart’s valves to stop working properly. When the heart valves are prevented from opening or closing properly, rheumatic heart disease has taken place.

When a person is diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease, they have to learn to live with it for the duration of their lives. Rheumatic heart disease can not be reversed like some heart conditions, it only puts a person at greater risk of experiencing a heart attack. This is the main reason why strep throat has to be treated as soon as possible. So the next time you get a throat infection, don’t take it lightly and attend to it the best way you can.