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Rheumatic Heart Disease Treatment in Spain

Hospitals and medical centers in Spain treating Rheumatic Heart Disease.
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Grupo Hospitalario Quirónsalud

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 47 healthcare centers, more than 4.000 hospital beds and 8.000 doctors

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Grupo Quirónsalud

Vithas Xanit International Hospital

The Cardiology Area has become a great benchmark at Vithas Xanit International Hospital. We offer personalised care, fast diagnosis for any cardiovascular disease with the most advanced technology.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Hospital General de Catalunya

The Hospital Universitario General de Catalunya is one of the most prestigious medical centers in Catalonia. Since 1984 they offer the patient comprehensive care.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at HGC

Quirónsalud Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quironsalud Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital has certified medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hospital Quirón Madrid

Listed cardiologist:

Dr. José Ángel Cabrera Rodríguez

Head of Division of Cardiology

Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja

Quironsalud Hospital Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management. IMTJ Best International Hospital of the world (awards 2017)

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja

Hospital Ruber Internacional

The department of cardiology at Hospital Ruber Internacional offers all aspects of medical treatment for heart conditions.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hospital Ruber Internacional

Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia

Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia is ranked as one of the best private schools in Spain, winning nine times in the TOP 20 award in recognition of its management and quality of care.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia

Hospital Quirónsalud Malaga

With more than 36 medical specialties, 200 physicians and surgeons of the highest level, Quironsalud Hospital Malaga is one of the most pertinent hospitals in Spain.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hospital Quirónsalud Malaga

Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella

This international hospital incorporates prestigious doctors, invests in research and development, technology and continuing education that enhances skills, in facilities, and in an increased operational efficiency in order to provide nothing but the best

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella

Listed cardiologists:

Dr. Said Barakat

Cardiology - Head of Service, Head of Clinical and Complementary Tests

Dr. Javier Rodriguez Alzueta

Cardiology - Head of Service, Head of Electrophysiology and Arrhythmias Section

Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona

Quirónsalud Hospital Barcelona is the benchmark for private healthcare in southern Europe, providing world-class service for the past seventy years.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease is treated at Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona

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About Rheumatic Heart Disease Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.


What is rheumatic heart disease?

This is a devastating disease that stiffens and damages the heart’s valves due to inflammation. It disrupts the normal blood flow of the heart. The disease usually affects the left-sided heart valves. However, due to malfunction of the left-sided heart valves the right side valves are damaged indirectly.


Causes of rheumatic heart disease
  • It is caused by a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Group A Streptococcus (GAS).When the body is exposed to the bacterium it generates antibodies to destroy the bacteria. However, the bacterial cell wall and heart tissue are similar in structure and the antibodies may attack the heart tissue as well as the bacteria.
  • Rheumatic heart disease usually occurs after repeated heart valve damage due to repeated episodes of acute rheumatic fever which may sometimes be asymptomatic. In the early stages, it manifests in a leakiness of a left-sided valve which leaks blood from the lower ventricle to the upper atrium. The mitral valve can also narrow or constrict resulting in obstructed blood flow. The back pressure from this can cause leakiness of the right-sided valves and the right chambers may enlarge.

Risk factors
  • Overcrowding
  • Poor access to healthcare
  • Inadequate hygiene
  • Lack of awareness

Symptoms of rheumatic heart disease
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Ankle swelling
  • Formation of blood clots
  • Palpitations
  • Stroke
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain

Diagnosis
  • If you experience the symptoms of rheumatic heart disease you should see your doctor.
  • The doctor suspects that you have rheumatic heart disease he will need to identify abnormal heart murmurs. This is generated from the diseased heart valves and may be inaccurate in the early stages.
  • Some of the procedures that can be carried out to diagnose rheumatic heart disease include balloon dilatation of the narrowed valve, open-heart valve surgery, and echocardiography.
  • Echocardiography involves scanning of the heart using ultrasound. It helps to diagnose and identify the affected valves which are thick and distorted.

Prevention and treatment of rheumatic heart disease
  • Primordial prevention: This focuses on better living conditions, access to medical care and proper hygiene.
  • Primary prevention: This focuses on treating all GAS sore throat by penicillin to prevent he initial attack. Oral antibiotic may be administered for 10 days or single intramuscular injection.
  • Secondary prevention: This focuses on administering penicillin after initial acute rheumatic fever attack to avoid re-infection which in turn prevents subsequent episodes.
  • Surgery: This is required to replace or repair damaged heart valves.

Risks : Complications of rheumatic fever: Mild rheumatic heart disease can usually be treated with medication, such as ACE inhibitors, which relax your arteries, making it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body. -Atrial fibrillation: This is a heart condition that causes an abnormally fast and irregular heart rate. Treatment involves medication to control the heart rhythm and medication to prevent stroke. -Heart failure: This leads to extensive damage to the heart to the point it cannot pump enough blood around the body. Treatment involves surgery to expand damaged valve with a balloon or to replace it with an artificial valve. -Endocarditis prophylaxis: This is an infection of the heart valves. Antibiotics are given during surgery to prevent infection.

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