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There were 3,257 people in the United States who died from rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in 2006 according to the American Heart Association.
*Source: American Heart Association

Rheumatic Fever Treatment

The most common treatments for acute rheumatic fever are antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications and a longer-term antibiotic regimen to prevent a recurrence of the illness.

Taking Care of Rheumatic Fever

Your WellStar physician may prescribe antibiotics to help rid your body of remaining streptococcus bacterium. He or she may also recommend bed rest.

  • To control inflammation, fever and pain, your doctor may recommend aspirin or naproxen (Anaprox®, Naprosyn®, among brand names). If you don’t respond to those medications, your doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid, such as prednisone.
  • To control involuntary movements of Sydenham chorea, your doctor may prescribe an anticonvulsant, such as valproic acid (Depakene® or Stavzor®, among brand names) or carbamazepine (Carbatrol® and Equetro®, among brand names).
  • It is common for physicians to prescribe a five-year course of low-dose antibiotics to prevent a recurrence of rheumatic fever. In some cases, a lifetime course of antibiotics is prescribed to prevent a recurrence and the possibility of further damage to the heart tissue.

In every case, your WellStar physician will help you weigh the benefits of each treatment approach and make an experienced recommendation for the best outcome. You can feel confident your decision will be based on both your input and the expertise and recommendations of your experienced physician.