Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall, author of Dr. Crandall’s Heart Health Report newsletter, is chief of the Cardiac Transplant Program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He practices interventional, vascular, and transplant cardiology. Dr. Crandall received his post-graduate training at Yale University School of Medicine, where he also completed three years of research in the Cardiovascular Surgery Division. Dr. Crandall regularly lectures nationally and internationally on preventive cardiology, cardiology healthcare of the elderly, healing, interventional cardiology, and heart transplants. Known as the “Christian physician,” Dr. Crandall has been heralded for his values and message of hope to all his heart patients.

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Don't Ignore Sore Throat

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 10:02 AM


Rheumatic fever is a major cause of valvular heart disease that begins with a case of strep throat or scarlet fever. If left untreated, the bacteria attack the heart, causing irreparable damage to the valves and the heart itself. It mainly affects children between the ages of 6 and 15.

You must always pay attention to a sore throat in a child or grandchild. A severe sore throat — even without any other cold symptoms — and a fever higher than 101 degrees should be treated immediately with antibiotics. Likewise, you should treat a milder sore throat that lasts more than a couple of days.

Always treat an outbreak of strep promptly to avoid the possibility of developing valvular heart disease.




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