Cardiac Pathology: Rheumatic heart disease: Mitral stenosis

01 June 2011
Presented by Mary Sheppard


Mitral stenosis due to chronic rheumatic heart disease


A 1937 autopsy specimen from a 28 year old woman who had had "a bad heart" since the age of thirteen, when she had an attack of rheumatic fever, being confined to bed for no more than ten days. During the six months preceding her death, which was sudden and took place in a shop, she had been getting much more breathless and blue on exertion, having to rest and recover, but never going to bed for more than a few hours.


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