Rheumatic Heart Disease

100 years ago Rheumatic fever was the leading cause of death in people aged 5-20 years in the United States. Entire hospitals were dedicated to the treatment of rheumatic fever in children. Today Rheumatic heart disease is rarely seen industrialized countries do to the proper diagnosis and treatment of strep throat.

Rheumatic fever occurs when an untreated strep throat infection migrates to the the rest of the body. Rheumatic fever affects the joints and heart, causing fever, muscle aches, and possible permanent heart valve damage (Rheumatic heart disease). Rheumatic fever gets its name because one of its main symptoms is actually pain in the joints rather than the heart. Rheumatic fever primarily affects children between ages 6 and 15 years and occurs approximately 20 days after an onset of a strep throat infection.

It is believed that rheumatic heart disease is responsible for 79% of some type of heart valve disease in adults in the United States with the balance believed to be the result of the recreational use of Amphetamines, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Ecstasy and other drugs along with other heart related diseases such as atherosclerosis and birth defects.

Rheumatic heart disease is the most serious complication of rheumatic fever and chronic rheumatic heart disease is estimated to exist in 5-30 million children and young adults in the poorer countries of the world. The best defense against rheumatic heart disease is to prevent rheumatic fever from ever occurring with the proper use of anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin or corticosteroids.

If rheumatic fever has been diagnosed then long term use of low dose antibiotics (such as penicillin, sulfadiazine, or erythromycin) will be need to prevent recurrence. There is no cure for the disease and patients may need to maintain an active treatment for the rest of the patient’s life.

The National Institute of Health estimate that rheumatic heart disease develops in about 3% of untreated strep throat infections in the United States. A doctor will need to perform lab tests to diagnose rheumatic fever if any of the following symptoms develop after the onset of a strep throat infections. Fever, irregular heart beat, nodes under the skin, and physical pain usually in the joints.

Today Australia and New Zealand have reported an unexplained jump in the number of cases among some populations with little or no access to health care. Switzerland calls rheumatic fever a disease born of poverty. Rheumatic heart disease is easily prevented by a good strep throat treatment, many young people of the world do not have access to the health care that would keep their heart valves healthy and extend their lives. Patients simply suffer through fever attacks, and fall victim to heart valve failure later in life.

Rheumatic fever can be managed with the proper antibiotics and with the use of common Vitamins and over the counter product to reduce further damage to the heart muscle, a long and healthy life can be maintained. Common products include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Sytrinol, Pantothenic Acid, Niacin, Policosanol and Antioxidants.

Vitamin C has show to lower high blood pressure.

Vitamin E improves circulation and promotes normal blood clotting and is known to help the red blood cells to live longer.

Sytrinol are known to be useful in helping maintain a healthy cholesterol level in the body by reducing triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein levels.

Pantothenic Acid is another form of nontoxic B vitamins and is critical in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

Niacin is the closest thing available to a perfect treatment that corrects most causes of coronary heart disease. Niacin blocks the release of fatty acids from fat cells. Niacin plays a critical role in energy production, gene expression, and hormone synthesis. You cannot live without it. Niacin also tends to shift LDL particle distribution to larger particle size and improve HDL functioning.

Policosanol is a natural supplement derived from sugar cane and it promotes healthy platelet function and helps to maintain normal cholesterol levels in the human body.

Natural antioxidants are abundant in fruits and vegetables such as, apples, blueberries, broccoli, cherries, cranberries, grapes, and spinach.

Lifestyle changes can also lower the risk of medical emergencies. If you smoke quit, eat healthy foods, maintain proper weight and get regular exercise.

This report is nutritional in nature and not to be construed as medical advice.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.