Flashcards in Rheumatic Heart Disease Deck (8):
When does RHD develop?
During rheumatic fever
What treatments are used for RHD?
Antibiotics to treat strep
Anti inflammatory drugs
Dec. cardiac workload (bed rest)
Deal with complications
What occurs when someone has an acute form of RHD?
Self-limit, monitor and treat symptoms to ensure no complications arise
What occurs when someone has a chronic form of RHD?
Severe heart damage
What occurs to the heart in RHD?
Inflammation of the valves, myocardium, and pericardium
What is rheumatic fever?
It is when antibodies and T cells attack the microbe (strep throat bacteria) and mistarget self antigens due to molecular mimicry
What parts of the body have self-antigens in rheumatic fever?