What Are the Symptoms of the Heart Valve Damage in RHD?

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What are the symptoms of the heart valve damage in RHD?

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During rheumatic heart disease (RHD), the heart valves are forced to work with extra efforts to pump blood. As a result, the heart valves become damaged over time. However, it takes years for such complication to develop or appear.

If heart valves problems are caused by RHD, the symptoms vary and include chest pain, excessive fatigue, heart palpitations (when the heart flutters or misses beats), a thumping sensation in the chest, shortness of breath, and swollen ankles, wrists or stomach.

 

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