Rheumatism of the heart is a disease caused by a bacterium called group A streptococcus. This bacterium can cause frequent throat inflammation in childhood. Although it passes by itself when it is not treated, complaints can be seen in the heart. So what is cardiac rheumatism? Symptoms and treatment of cardiac rheumatism.

Turkey Medicals member and Antalya hospital Cardiologist Doctor, he gave information about the subject.

What is cardiac rheumatism?

Cardiac rheumatism is a disease that develops after certain bacterial infections and holds the heart tissues. This infection that develops in the throat is a serious disease that causes high fever, severe sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and a general condition disorder.

It is mostly seen in childhood or young adult age. If these germs that have settled in the throat are not treated well, the body can damage the heart and kidneys while fighting these germs.

What are the symptoms of cardiac rheumatism?

The symptoms of rheumatic heart disease can be listed as follows;

– Shortness of breath

– Bruising

– Chills in the hands and feet

– Dry cough

– Feeling of constant fatigue

In addition, a person may experience nausea and dizziness, chest pain, a feeling of lightheadedness, high or low blood pressure.

How is rheumatism of the heart treated?

The most important condition for the success of treatment is early diagnosis. The most important treatment is also rest and protecting the body from germs. Antibiotic delivery is also required to heal the infection in the body.

While the treatment of the disease in the acute period is carried out with medications, surgical or interventional interventions may be required, as it will reach levels that will strain the heart due to tissue deterioration in old age at a later age.

Patients with rheumatic heart disease should be kept under control at all times.


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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

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Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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