Strep throat may lead to heart condition

February 27, 2009 3:28:25 PM PST
One more reason why strep throat should never go untreated.

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Many people come down with strep throat this time of year and the American Heart Association urges anyone who thinks they might be infected with strep to get it checked out immediately.

That's because one particular strain of strep throat can lead to a rare condition called rheumatic fever. That may causing scaring on heart valves leading to a lifetime of heart disease.