Rheumatic fever care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic cardiologists treat people with all types of heart conditions, including people with heart damage caused by rheumatic fever. Mayo doctors trained in pediatric cardiology, cardiovascular diseases, cardiovascular surgery and other areas collaborate as a multidisciplinary team to provide coordinated, comprehensive care. This collaborative approach means doctors can often evaluate you and develop a treatment plan within two or three days.

Doctors at Mayo Clinic provide care for you as a whole person. Doctors take the time to get to know you and work with you to provide exactly the care you need.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

The inflammation from rheumatic fever can cause permanent damage to the valves of the heart, causing them to narrow or leak. Doctors in the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic have expertise and experience treating people with heart valve diseases.

Heart valve damage might require heart valve surgery to repair or replace a heart valve. Mayo Clinic heart surgeons have been instrumental in developing innovative surgical techniques to treat heart valve conditions. When possible, surgeons use minimally invasive heart surgery, which involves the use of smaller incisions.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic campuses are nationally recognized for expertise in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery:

  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

With Mayo Clinic's emphasis on collaborative care, specialists at each of the campuses — Minnesota, Arizona and Florida — interact very closely with colleagues at the other campuses and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery.

Expertise and rankings

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in treating children with heart conditions (pediatric cardiologists), doctors trained in heart disease (cardiologists) and doctors trained in heart surgery (cardiovascular surgeons) have vast experience evaluating and treating people with all types of heart conditions. Pediatric cardiologists at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota team up with other Mayo doctors who have experience treating rheumatic fever.

    Mayo doctors evaluate and treat more than 40 people a year with rheumatic fever.

  • Surgical expertise. If your or your child's heart valves are damaged as a result of rheumatic fever, eventually you or your child may need heart valve repair or heart valve replacement. Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeons have expertise and experience performing heart valve surgery to treat many heart valve conditions. When possible, surgeons use minimally invasive heart surgery, which involves the use of smaller incisions.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's cardiac surgery and cardiovascular diseases departments' expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

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