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Rheumatic Heart Disease Treatment in Spain

Hospitals and medical centers in Spain treating Rheumatic Heart Disease.
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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.


Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

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.


Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Vithas Xanit International Hospital

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.


Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at HM Hospitales

Hospital General de Catalunya

idcsalud Hospital General de Catalunya provides medical services in over 25 specialties, being one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Europe, with an excellent medical care capacity to carry out complex surgeries and medical conditions.


Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at HGC

Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

A modern (opened in 2007), general, private hospital located in Madrid, part of the NISA group of hospitals. The international patients department can assist patients with accomodation and trasportation, and can communicate in English as well as in Spanish.


Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

Hospital Clínic Costa Brava

Hospital Clínic Costa Brava is a modern medical facility with over 250 medical specialists, offering medical, surgical, aesthetic, cosmetic and rehabilitation treatments in the relaxing tourism town of Palamos, Costa Brava.


Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hospital Clínic Costa Brava

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.


Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hospital Ruber Internacional

Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.


Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hospital Quirón Madrid

Listed cardiologist:

Dr. José Ángel Cabrera Rodríguez

Head of Division of Cardiology

Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital is one of the leading medical centers in Europe for childhood and adolescence medicine and offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to health care from birth through 21 years of age.


Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Hospital Quirón Valencia

Quirón Hospital of Valencia is ranked as one of the best private schools in Spain, winning nine times in the TOP 20 award in recognition of its management and quality of care.


Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hospital Quirón Valencia

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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 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

  • 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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