What is Rheumatic heart disease?
Rheumatic heart disease meaning This disease usually occurs in young children rather than adults. it results from untreated infections with the bacterium Steptococcus. The bacteria produce a toxin, which causes an immune reaction called rheumatic fever anywhere from two to four weeks following the infection. This causes an inflammation of the endocardium of the heart. Especially affected is the bicupsid vale, which can become narrowed, resulting in incompetence of the valve. Antibiotic treatments have reduced the frequency of this disease.