Rheumatic heart disease

  • David Vérel


Rheumatic heart disease is a common condition. Its cause is not fully understood, but it is related to infections with the streptococcus haemolyticus. This organism is a common cause of sore throats and tonsillitis. The typical sequence of events is a streptoccal infection, such as a sore throat, which is followed a few days or weeks later by the onset of either acute rheumatic fever or an attack of chorea.


Aortic Valve Mitral Valve Sore Throat Tricuspid Valve Rheumatic Fever 
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© David Vérel 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Vérel
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  1. 1.University of SheffieldUK

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