Rheumatic Heart Disease
Learning Team D
University of Phoenix
a. Rheumatic heart disease is caused from contracting rheumatic fever. b. Anyone but especially children are at higher risk if they have strep throat that is left untreated. i. Common symptoms are breathlessness, fatigue, palpitations and fainting attacks. ii. Medication and possibly surgery are treatment options. c. Prevention is key by seeking immediate medical treatment for strep throat. III. Transmission
d. Rheumatic Heart Disease begins with a case of inadequately trated strep throat. iii. Strep throat is caused by the group A Streptococcus bacteria. e. Approximately two weeks following strep throat Rheumatic fever develops. iv. The symptoms include
1. Blood clots
2. Causes fibrous tissues
a. Causes the cusps to contract
IV. Affected populations
f. Children and young adults are the most commonly affected populations. g. Socioeconomic factors include overcrowding, poor ventilation, and lack of health care. h. Those in developing countries are most at risk.
v. 16 million people worldwide are affected.
3. Of those, 70% are in Africa.
V. Possible treatment options
k. Long-term care
l. Online sites
vi. Medical sites
vii. Support sites
m. Printed materials
viii. Medical resources
ix. Support resources
n. Other options
x. In-person resources
Mamma's health.com. (2000-2013). Retrieved from http://www.mamashealth.com/rheumatic.asp
Okello, E., Kakande, B., & Sebatta, E. (2012, August). Socioeconomic and Environmental Risk Factors among Rheumatic Heart Disease Patients in...
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