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Rheumatic Heart Disease Treatment Abroad

Details of leading international hospitals treating Rheumatic Heart Disease.

Anadolu Medical Center, Turkey

Anadolu Medical Center is one of the most modern, comprehensive and respected hospitals in Turkey. Anadolu is affiliated with John Hopkins Hospital.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Anadolu Medical Center

6 listed cardiologists:

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Dr. Sibel Ay MD

Cardiovascular Surgery Intensive Care Unit
Anesthesia for Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Ertan Ökmen MD, FESC

Interventional cardiology
Transradial coronary angiography and interventions
Heart failure

Medipol Mega University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Medipol Mega Hospital Complex is a modern medical facility with four specialist hospitals and an extensive selection of high caliber medical devices available for use. The hospital provides treatments in a wide variety of medical fields in its 470 bed facility.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Medipol Mega University Hospital

14 listed cardiologists:

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Prof. Dr. Mehmet Muhsin Türkmen

Cardiology Specialist

Prof. Dr. Volkan Tuzcu

Pediatric Cardiology Specialist

HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at HM Hospitales

Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Xanit Hospital Internacional is a modern private hospital located in the suburbs of Malaga, Spain. The hospital is modern (opened in 2005), and the staff include over 200 specialists in all medical specialties.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hospital Ruber Internacional

Avcilar Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

** Prices here are average prices and depend on patients' medical conditions. For cases requiring longer hospitalisation, extra days will be priced separately.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Avcilar Hospital

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Dr. Deniz Guzel

Cardiologist

Bangkok Hospital Pattaya

This multi-specialty tertiary hospital offers various medical services as well as dental procedures to local and overseas patients. It serves over 100,000 international patients every year.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya

11 listed cardiologists:

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Dr. Sujit Banyatpiyaphod

Cardiovascular Surgery

Dr. Ularn Janebovorn

Internal Medicine and Cardiology

Galenia Hospital

Hospital Galenia holds the Certificate of Medical Attention Establishments granted by Joint Commission International (JCI), Accreditation Canada International (ACI) and is certified by the Mexican General Health Council (CSG).

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Galenia Hospital

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Hygeia Hospital

HYGEIA Hospital is the first large private hospital to operate in Greece and has been a leading healthcare provider for the last 35 years. It is the first and only hospital in Greece to be accredited by the JCI.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hygeia Hospital

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About Rheumatic Heart Disease Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.


What is rheumatic heart disease?

This is a devastating disease that stiffens and damages the heart’s valves due to inflammation. It disrupts the normal blood flow of the heart. The disease usually affects the left-sided heart valves. However, due to malfunction of the left-sided heart valves the right side valves are damaged indirectly.


Causes of rheumatic heart disease
  • It is caused by a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Group A Streptococcus (GAS).When the body is exposed to the bacterium it generates antibodies to destroy the bacteria. However, the bacterial cell wall and heart tissue are similar in structure and the antibodies may attack the heart tissue as well as the bacteria.
  • Rheumatic heart disease usually occurs after repeated heart valve damage due to repeated episodes of acute rheumatic fever which may sometimes be asymptomatic. In the early stages, it manifests in a leakiness of a left-sided valve which leaks blood from the lower ventricle to the upper atrium. The mitral valve can also narrow or constrict resulting in obstructed blood flow. The back pressure from this can cause leakiness of the right-sided valves and the right chambers may enlarge.

Risk factors
  • Overcrowding
  • Poor access to healthcare
  • Inadequate hygiene
  • Lack of awareness

Symptoms of rheumatic heart disease
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Ankle swelling
  • Formation of blood clots
  • Palpitations
  • Stroke
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain

Diagnosis
  • If you experience the symptoms of rheumatic heart disease you should see your doctor.
  • The doctor suspects that you have rheumatic heart disease he will need to identify abnormal heart murmurs. This is generated from the diseased heart valves and may be inaccurate in the early stages.
  • Some of the procedures that can be carried out to diagnose rheumatic heart disease include balloon dilatation of the narrowed valve, open-heart valve surgery, and echocardiography.
  • Echocardiography involves scanning of the heart using ultrasound. It helps to diagnose and identify the affected valves which are thick and distorted.

Prevention and treatment of rheumatic heart disease
  • Primordial prevention: This focuses on better living conditions, access to medical care and proper hygiene.
  • Primary prevention: This focuses on treating all GAS sore throat by penicillin to prevent he initial attack. Oral antibiotic may be administered for 10 days or single intramuscular injection.
  • Secondary prevention: This focuses on administering penicillin after initial acute rheumatic fever attack to avoid re-infection which in turn prevents subsequent episodes.
  • Surgery: This is required to replace or repair damaged heart valves.

Risks : Complications of rheumatic fever: Mild rheumatic heart disease can usually be treated with medication, such as ACE inhibitors, which relax your arteries, making it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body. -Atrial fibrillation: This is a heart condition that causes an abnormally fast and irregular heart rate. Treatment involves medication to control the heart rhythm and medication to prevent stroke. -Heart failure: This leads to extensive damage to the heart to the point it cannot pump enough blood around the body. Treatment involves surgery to expand damaged valve with a balloon or to replace it with an artificial valve. -Endocarditis prophylaxis: This is an infection of the heart valves. Antibiotics are given during surgery to prevent infection.

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