Having another episode of Rheumatic Fever will worsen your Rheumatic Heart disease. The best way to STOP another episode of Rheumatic Fever is to have regular PENICILLIN INJECTIONS.
This means coming for the injection, and NOT missing appointments. If the injection isn't taken regularly, there are lots of complications which can occur. I have mentioned some of these in a previous post but these include heart failure, valve problems, stroke and infection of the heart itself.
Tell your dentist you have had rheumatic fever or rheumatic heart disease
as this increases the risk of developing bacterial endocarditis after a dental procedure. If a dentist is aware of this they will give a course of preventive antibiotics.
You can lead a normal life
But it is important not to add further stress to the heart by smoking or by being overweight. Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
Also don't forget to come for regular check-ups and to not miss taking medication that's been given to you by your doctor.