Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease which is a complication of inadequately treated strep throat. It can cause permanent damage to the heart, including damaged heart valves and heart failure. Prevention of recurrence is achieved by eradicating the acute infection and prophylaxis with antibiotics. Monthly injections of long acting penicillin must be given for a period of five years in patients having one attack of rheumatic fever.
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I am a survivor of rheumatic fever. The only sympthoms I had were pains in my joints. My elbows, knees and shoulder blades all at different times. I was not diagnosed with rheumatic fever until after having complications with swelling because of heart problems. I did receive injections of long acting penicillin from the time I was 13 until my first heart surgery. I have since had two mitral valve replacements over the last 40 years. Rheumatic fever at 10 - 13. First valve replace at 21 and second at 35 yrs old.
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