Posted by Elizabeth on August 22, 2003 at 03:26:36:
: liz i know u can get rumatic fever from strpt throat ...i do have a bad mito valve...but how do u getit from a fever someone was saying that to me the other day...but i wasnt awareother then strep how u can getit?
As you already know, when a person gets a fever it is the body's way of eliminating a virus or infection but when the fever is too high, the immune system can not tolerate it any longer and fight the virus or infection, so in self defense the immune system sends too many white blood cells to the tissues which then causes organs to become inflamed, mainly the heart leading to carditis (inflammation of the heart), then to valve damage, mainly the mitral valve. Rhematic fever/rheumatic heart disease is more common in strept throat because fevers tend to be higher in strept throat than in any other infection or virus. This can be prevented if fevers are treated right away and IV antibiotics given if necessary.
You mention that you have a bad mitral valve. Why is that? How severe is it? Do the doctors plan on replacing it? I had my tricuspid valve replaced twice. I was born with a VSD in the right ventricle and the doctor damaged my tricuspid valve (I did not sue) due to the hole being so close to the valve.