Rheumatic heart disease
Heart damage caused by rheumatic fever. Treatment is by preventing reinfection with strep and by treating with heart drugs as needed.

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rheumatic heart disease n active or inactive disease of the heart that results from rheumatic fever and that is characterized by reduced functional capacity of the heart caused by inflammatory changes in the myocardium or scarring of the valves

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the most important manifestation of and sequel to rheumatic fever, consisting chiefly of valvular deformities.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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