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Rheumatic heart disease is inflammation and damage to the heart
muscle and heart valves that develops as a result of rheumatic fever. A strep
throat infection that is not properly treated can trigger rheumatic
Not all people who have rheumatic fever develop rheumatic heart
disease. However, any heart damage that occurs is usually permanent.
August 8, 2008
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
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