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Rheumatic Fever

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by Carson-DeWitt R
 

Causes

Rheumatic fever is caused by group A Streptococcus pharyngitis, also known as strep throat. In this case, the body uses antibodies to fight the infection, but the antibodies also attack the heart.
 

RESOURCES

American Heart Association
http://www.heart.org

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
http://www.heartandstroke.com

 

References


Acute rheumatic fever. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated September 27, 2012. Accessed February 14, 2013.


Nausieda PA, Grossman BJ, et al.: Sydenham chorea: an update. Neurology. 1980;30:331-334.


Rheumatic fever. Texas Heart Institute website. Available at: http://www.texasheartinstitute.org/HIC/Topics/cond/rheufev.cfm. Updated October 2012. Accessed February 14, 2013.


Robertson KA, Volmink JA, et al. Antibiotics for the primary prevention of acute rheumatic fever. BMC Cardiovasc Disorders. 2005; 5:11.


Spagnuolo M, Pasternack B, et al. Risk of rheumatic fever recurrences after streptococcal infections: prospective study of clinical and social factors. N Engl J Med. 1971;285:641-647.

 

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