I was just curious if anyone knew about types of heart problems later in life caused by having had an inflamed heart during a bout of rheumatic fever. When I was 11 I had rheumatic fever for around five months and it caused a heart murmur. I eventually recovered and a few years later they told my mother and I that my heart was healthy. I'm now 23 years old and for the last ...maybe 7 years I've had times where I feel like my heart 'flutters' and I feel like something is very wrong and almost short of breath. I'd like to know if this is just my paranoia or if it's a real concern. The feeling usually occurs when I'm lying down. It's just a sensation that gives me the sudden thought that my heart skipped a beat or something strange, just under my ribcage. I've tried to ask doctors about it but they don't seem to understand what I'm asking.
Rheumatic fever is a major cause of heart disease and is particularly likely to damage one or more of the heart valves. That would cause a murmur. With your history you are entitled to a careful physical examination and at least an electrocardiogram. If you have episodes of cardiac irregularity, a 24 or 48 hour electrocariographic study (Holter monitoring) may be indicated. Finally, if there is a question of heart disease due to the previous rheumatic fever, an echocardiogram may be indicated.
At your age it would be important to clarify your heart status, there being so very much that can be done these days, so do contact an internist or cardiologist.
Please be aware that I am unable to diagnose medical conditions online.
I had rheumatic fever at age eight and appeared to recover after a couple of years and have not suffered any consequences. My question is can rheumatic fever return with other affects in later life e.g. in the 70's?
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