Rheumatic heart disease is a condition in which the heart valves have been permanently damaged by rheumatic fever. The heart valve damage may start shortly after untreated or under-treated streptococcal infection such as strep throat or scarlet fever. Children who get repeated.
The Australian guidelines provide evidence based information on the diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.
Diagnosis. The first step in diagnosing rheumatic heart disease is establishing that your child recently had a strep infection. The doctor may order a throat culture.