Our expert says:
Thanks for your query. You don’t mention your age; how old were you when you developed rheumatic fever in pregnancy? Rheumatic fever usually occurs between the ages of about 5 and 15 and only rarely during pregnancy.
If rheumatic fever does permanent damage to the heart, it is by damaging heart valves. This can easily be checked by a cardiologist using the technique of echocardiography, similar to the ultrasound that you probably had during your pregnancy.
The symptoms you describe are not those of chronic rheumatic heart disease and do not point to heart valve damage. Palpitations are common even in people with perfectly normal healthy hearts, but a cardiologist would be able to check this aspect for you as well. You need peace of mind and I agree with your doctor’s recommendation that you should see a cardiologist.
Best wishes, JT
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