Rheumatic Heart Disease

Andrew G. Moore

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI:

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Rheumatic Heart Disease

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Rheumatic heart disease is the most serious manifestation of acute rheumatic fever and is the most common cause of death in acute rheumatic fever. Rheumatic heart disease is the end result of carditis, which affects 30% to 80% of patients who have acute rheumatic fever. Damage to the cardiac valves, which is the hallmark of rheumatic heart disease, may be chronic and progressive; in conjunction with left ventricular dysfunction, it can lead to congestive heart failure and death. Clinical features, subclinical disease, left ventricular dysfunction, treatment, and management are discussed in this chapter. The special consideration of rheumatic fever in pregnancy is also reviewed.

Chapter.  3704 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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