Heart & Vascular Care
The Centre for Heart & Vascular Care at Meitra is aiming at caring hearts with a good heart. The centre is facilitated with the latest innovations and technologies in the cardiovascular spectrum along with highly experienced cardiologists and heart and vascular care professionals. With a foundation of well equipped facilities, the centre has won space in people’s hearts with a special focus on compassionate care. We ensure a happy and hopeful life for everyone coming to Meitra for taking care of their heart. The environment we have created at the Centre for Heart & Vascular Care is meant to lead your heart to success and to create a smile in it.

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Rheumatic heart disease refers to a condition in which the heart valves have been damaged permanently due to a disease known as “Rheumatic fever” or acute rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that can affect connective tissues especially in the heart, joints, skin or brain. Rheumatic heart disease involves damage to one or more of the four heart valves. It may be fatal.

Causes

Rheumatic heart disease is caused as an effect of rheumatic fever.

Symptoms
  • Chest pain
  • Breathlessness
  • Tiredness
  • Swollen feet or ankles
  • Painful joints
Diagnosis
  • Medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Echocardiogram 
  • Electrocardiogram(ECG)
  • Chest X-ray
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Blood Tests
Prevention

The possible preventive measures for rheumatic heart disease involve leading a healthy lifestyle.

  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Regular exercise
  • Balanced diet
  • Maintain healthy weight
  • Stress management
Treatment

Treatment for rheumatic heart disease depends on severity of the infection. Medications and surgical procedures can be done in the process.

  • Medications like antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs can be used  to treat infections, to reduce inflammation and to prevent further development of rheumatic fever.
  • Surgical procedure may be required for replacement and repair of the damaged heart valves.

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