Rheumatic heart disease, a common risk factor for
valve disease. Rheumatic heart disease develops in some people from one or more
episodes of rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever is a complication of infection
caused by group A beta-hemolytic streptococci (strep throat).
birth (congenital) defect that results in structural abnormalities of heart
Inflammation of the lining of the heart chambers, often
caused by an infection (endocarditis).
Certain characteristic body
structures that may also be associated with the development of valve problems.
People with certain body features (such as being very thin and having long
arms, a flat rib cage, and loose joints) may be more likely to have valve
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
August 5, 2010
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August 05, 2010
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