Can Rheumatic Fever Lead to Heart Failure?

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Can rheumatic fever lead to heart failure?

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Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease, which can damage body tissues. The most damaged tissues are those in the heart. In this case, the heart valves are likely to be damaged and scarred. The damaged and scarred heart valves can be narrowed and then it is harder for the heart valves to open and close properly and efficiently. Therefore, the heart needs to work harder to pump blood. Over time. Rheumatic fever may cause congestive heart failure.

Heart failure refers to a serious condition in which the heart can’t pump blood throughout the body. Both sides of the heart can be affected if heart failure occurs.

 

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