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Is rheumatic heart disease curable? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 10-Dec-2014
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User:Hi Doctor
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User:I just need small clarification about rheumatic Heart diseases
User:Is it curable disease
Doctor:It is not completely curable as the heart would be permanently damaged and only inflammation occuring can be reduced with medications
User:The person was affected at the age of 16. And taken Penicillin Injection for 4 - 5 Years( one per each month). Will it affect now
Doctor:We can not say anything regarding this.
Doctor:it might or might not effect in future
User:what will be the stage of this diseaes
User:Is there any preventive measures to be taken care of this diseases
Doctor:depending on the damaged of the valves if it is recurring then initially we treat it with antiinflammatories and antibiotics
Doctor:if it is recurring frequently and damaged to valves have occured then valve replacement have to be done
User:if he takes treatment now,will he be safe
Doctor:yes, the main mode of treatment here would be to avoid any future infections. if he prevents that then he would be safe.
User:Kindly need some symptoms that can be identified if he is affected too much
Doctor:any infections in the body especially sore throat has to be treated immediately with antibiotics
Doctor:and any other infections in the body has to be treated
User:Is Continuous dry cough at night can be considered as symptoms
Doctor:yes, he needs to be examined to rule out throat infection. As he is on continuous pencillin injections it would be rare but needs to be ruled out
User:If Not what will be an approximate of his life span
Doctor:That would be difficult to say but depending on the present situation and degree of damage and frequency of recurrence have to be considered.
User:He is also feel some pain in the right chest Sometimes
Doctor:Has he got any cardiac investigations recently?
User:IS there any general precautions that can be done
User:No investigations has been done
Doctor:Regular cardiac ivnestigations like ECHO to know the status of the valves and to avoid any infection as mentioned before like throat, dental care, urinary tract, stomach bugs have to taken care of immediately.
User:If so what all the tests can be taken to save his life for some more period
Doctor:Regular cardiac checkup like ECHO, TMT along with routine blood investigations like CBC, LFT, RFT and pencillin injections as advised.
Doctor:these have to be done regularly as the doctor has advised.
User:He is hopeless that his life span ends in next 6 months. Is that true or may happen
Doctor:I doubt that his life span would end in 6 months though I do not know his cardiac status and upon that if the cardiac valves are damaged then valve replacement can be done which will prolong his life for years more.
Doctor:And technology has improved in this field of medicine with very low rate of mortality in valve replacement surgieries
User:Thanks a lot doctor for your replies. This was very helpful and sure will meet you again once these tests has been done.
Doctor:Good to know I was any help to you. try to console your friend and if required you can ask him to see a psycologist for counseling
Doctor:this will help in boosting his morale and fighting his condition.
Doctor:You can also request a counselor call from your dashboard.
Doctor:The customer care team would connect the call with a psycologist and your friend can discuss all his problems with the doctor.
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
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