Which activity modifications are used in the treatment of acute rheumatic fever (ARF)?

Updated: Dec 10, 2020
  • Author: Robert J Meador, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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  • All patients should be restricted to bed rest and monitored closely for carditis.

  • Aggressive use of acutely inflamed joints or other exercise may cause permanent joint injury to acutely inflamed joints.

  • When carditis has been documented, a 4-week period of bed rest is recommended. As soon as the signs of acute inflammation subside, patients should resume active ambulation as tolerated.

  • Most patients can be treated safely in an outpatient setting.

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