Rheumatic heart disease is a medical condition which affects the heart whereby the entire heart gets damaged. It is associated with the rheumatic fever since most of its occurrence appear shortly after has had the fever. It mostly affects children and begins like a simple sore throat; later degenerating to strep throat (Pillitteri, 2009). When it is diagnosed early and left untreated, it eventually affects the valves of the heart whereby they are unable to open and close as they should.
The common symptoms of rheumatic heart disease include having high fever, having swollen and painful joints, occasional loss of breath or experience weak breath, the movement of limbs is uncontrolled and also rash in the skin. This disease is often confused with bone infection; thus it is necessary for the correct diagnosis to be done.