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Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

A single episode or repeated episodes of acute rheumatic fever can severely damage the heart valves, leading to rheumatic heart disease — a chronic condition that can cause heart failure. This PrimeView highlights that these conditions are most common in developing countries and are strongly related to socioeconomic disadvantage.

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Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Nat Rev Dis Primers 2, 15085 (2016).

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