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Can contagious diseases cause heart abnormalities?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Heart abnormalities themselves are not contagious, but some, such as pericarditis or certain heart valve disorders, may be caused by contagious diseases. Contagious diseases that cause heart abnormalities, including rheumatic fever and rubella, have now been virtually eliminated in North America. Be sure to have your child vaccinated against these diseases. Other viral, bacterial, or fungal infections may cause heart abnormalities, so have your doctor treat all illnesses promptly.

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