A case of rheumatic valvular heart disease treated with Chinese medicine
BACKGROUND Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is an autoimmune disease that
often leads to irreversible valve damage and heart failure. Surgery is
currently an effective treatment, but it may have risks when performing
the surgery and some people may not accept it since it is invasive.
Therefore, we should find a new effective method to treatment it. CASE
SUMMARY A 57 year old woman came to Zhongshan Hospital of Fudan
University for cardiac color Doppler ultrasound, left heart function
test and DTI evaluation, which showed mild mitral stenosis with mild
moderate regurgitation and mild moderate aortic regurgitation,
confirming the diagnosis of rheumatic valvular disease. The symptoms
becames severe and ventricular tachycardia occurred frequently with the
heart rate more than 200 and surgical treatment was recommended in 10
days. Patient wanted to treat with traditional Chinese medicine
treatment during this period. The symptoms improved significantly
especially the ventricular tachycardia is disappear after 1 week of
treatment. Follow up visit 3 months after medication, ultrasound showed
mild mitral stenosis with mild regurgitation and mild aortic
regurgitation, and the operator notified no need for surgical treatment.
CONCLUSION Traditional Chinese medicine treatments represent a potential
treatment for RHD, mainly valvular stenosis and regurgitation.