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Rheumatic Heart Disease Treatment Abroad

Details of leading international hospitals treating Rheumatic Heart Disease.

Anadolu Medical Center

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

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

Grupo Hospitalario Quirónsalud

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 Quirónsalud

Vithas Xanit International Hospital

The Cardiology Area has become a great benchmark at Vithas Xanit International Hospital. We offer personalised care, fast diagnosis for any cardiovascular disease with the most advanced technology.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Infirmerie Protestante de Lyon

Medical Cardiology in Lyon - Clinic of the Protestant Infirmary This service provided by a team of medical cardiologists supports all pathological cardiology.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Infirmerie Protestante de Lyon

Listed cardiologists:

Dr. Dubief

Cardiologist Specialized in Rhythmology

Dr. Bouchayer

Cardiologist

Hospital Ruber Internacional

The department of cardiology at Hospital Ruber Internacional offers all aspects of medical treatment for heart conditions.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hospital Ruber Internacional

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

Medipol Mega University Hospital

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

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Prof. Dr. Mehmet Muhsin Türkmen

Cardiology Specialist

Prof. Dr. Volkan Tuzcu

Pediatric Cardiology Specialist

National Heart Centre Singapore

The National Heart Centre of Singapore is a major referral center for cardiovascular concerns. It provides a comprehensive range of cardiac services that cover prevention, diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation. NHC caters to both local and foreign patients.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at National Heart Centre Singapore

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Assoc. Prof. Koh Tian Hai

Medical Director

Dr. Terrance Chua Siang Jin

Deputy Medical Director

Hospital Universitario de San Vicente Fundación

It is characterized by being one of the most modern and best equipped in the city and the country, with state-of-the-art technology that makes it possible to carry out all diagnostic procedures, treatment and integral rehabilitation of cardiovascular disease.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hospital Universitario San Vicente

Hospital Universitario Austral

Resolve and prevent in our patients the acute and chronic cardiovascular problems effectively and efficiently. Provide information and education on prevention and treatment to patients.Continuously improve the quality of care,with the most effective means that technology can provide.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hospital Universitario Austral

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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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