Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is damage to one or more heart valves that remains after an episode of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) is resolved. It is caused by an episode or recurrent episodes of ARF, where the heart has become inflamed. The heart valves can remain stretched and/or scarred, and normal blood flow through damaged valves is interrupted. Blood may flow backward through stretched valves that do not close properly, or may be blocked due to scarred valves not opening properly.
Related Journals of Rheumatic heart disease
Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases & Diagnosis, International Journal of Cardiovascular Research, Cardiovascular Pathology: Open Access, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine,The Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal.,The Lancet.
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