Our expert says:
Rheumatic fever is a condition that children get, usually between the ages of about 5 and 15. You can’t be born with it! If you had a leaking heart valve at birth it cannot have been due to rheumatic fever.
You don’t mention how doctors fixed the leaking valve. Normally there is only one way to fix leaking valves and that is to repair or replace them with an open heart operation. Is that what you had?
If you can feel and see your heart beating and even hear it – wonderful! It is not abnormal to feel or hear or even see your heart, especially if you have a heightened awareness of your heart because of a previous heart condition.
It sounds as though your deep vein thrombosis has been properly treated.
You say your arteries burn, but arteries can’t “burn”. Minor irregularities of your heart rhythm are also usually nothing to worry about.
It sounds as though you are anxious about your condition, so I would arrange to see your doctor again for a full check up. You need to see a cardiologist who can go through and explain everything to you and give you peace of mind.
Kind regards and best wishes, JT
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