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Flashcards in Rheumatic Heart Disease Deck (8):
1

When does RHD develop?

During rheumatic fever

2

What treatments are used for RHD?

Antibiotics to treat strep
Anti inflammatory drugs
Dec. cardiac workload (bed rest)
Manage symptoms
Deal with complications

3

What occurs when someone has an acute form of RHD?

Self-limit, monitor and treat symptoms to ensure no complications arise

4

What occurs when someone has a chronic form of RHD?

Severe heart damage

5

What occurs to the heart in RHD?

Inflammation of the valves, myocardium, and pericardium

6

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

7

What parts of the body have self-antigens in rheumatic fever?

Heart
Joints
CNS
Skin

8

What causes rheumatic fever?

Untreated strep throat