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Rheumatic Heart Disease Treatment in Israel

Hospitals and medical centers in Israel treating Rheumatic Heart Disease.
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Rabin Medical Center

The second largest hospital in Israel, Rabin Medical Center is a tertiary care hospital that can handle the most complicated cases in all medical fields.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Rabin Medical Center

12 listed cardiologists:

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Dr. Eyal Porat

Head of Cardiac Surgery Department, Beilinson

Hadassah University Medical Center

Hadassah medical institution includes two university hospitals in Jerusalem – on Mt. Scopus and in Ein Kerem. Both provide advanced tetriary healthcare services in all medical specialties.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hadassah Hospital

18 listed cardiologists:

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Prof. Oz Shapira

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Rambam Medical Center

A large teaching hospital staffed by over 4,000 physicians, nurses, researchers, and allied caregivers, Rambam is Northern Israel’s largest hospital, a tertiary referral center for a population of over 2 million people.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Rambam Medical Center

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Prof. Rafael Beyar, MD, DSc

Chief Executive Officer & Director General

Prof. Haim Hamerman, MD

Director, Department of Cardiology & Unit of Coronary Care & Chairman of Division of Medicine

Sheba Medical Center

The largest medical centre in Israel and the Middle East, internationally renowned for it's medical excellence. Around 31,000 inpatients are treated annually.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Sheba Medical Center

11 listed cardiologists:

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Dr. Adler Yehuda

Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation

Dr. Agranat Oren

Heart, Cardiac

Assaf Harofeh Medical Center

One of the largest hospitals in Israel with 900 beds and 700 physicians. The hospital serves 1000 medical tourists annually, providing advanced medical care at the highest western standards.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center

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Prof. Zvi Vered, MD, FACC, FESC

Director, Department of Cardiology

Dr. Therese Fuchs, MD

Director, Electrophysiology and Pacemaker Laboratory

Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

A major medical center in Tel Aviv operating three hospitals under its lead, and serves as a teaching and research center as well.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

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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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