How does rheumatic fever affect the body?

Susie Whitworth
Nursing
Rheumatic fever is an intense, immune-mediated inflammatory disease that effects multi systems in the body. It follows a group A streptococcal throat infection. It can cause chronic heart valve disorders and can produce permanent heart dysfunction. The incidence of rheumatic fever has declined in the U.S. due to the use of antimicrobial agents to treat strep throat.

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