People who get Rheumatic Heart Disease sometimes end up very sick but it does not always cause symptoms.
This depends on the severity of the heart disease and also whether the patient is taking their medication regularly and when they're supposed to. This is particularly important as the medication prevents the rheumatic heart disease from getting worse and prevents the following symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Heart palpitations
- Breathlessness on exertion
- Breathing problems when lying down
- Waking from sleep with the need to sit or stand up
You should see your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.