Rheumatic Heart Disease
A disorder known as rheumatic heart disease occurs when rheumatic fever permanently damages the heart valves. After an untreated or inadequately treated streptococcal infection, such as strep throat or scarlet fever, the heart valve damage may begin. An inflammatory state brought on by an immunological reaction can lead to ongoing valve deterioration. Rheumatic fever, an inflammatory condition that can damage numerous connective tissues, particularly in the heart, joints, skin, or brain, is the root cause of rheumatic heart disease. Over time, the heart valves may become damaged and irritated. This can cause the heart valve to constrict or leak, making it more difficult for the heart to operate normally. Heart failure may ensue from this, which could take years to manifest.