Our expert says:
any bacterial infection that spreads to the blood can cause infection of the heart valves and cause endocarditis with heart valve damage. One of the culprits is the Streptococcus bacterium that causes sore throats, tonsillitis and pneumonia. This leads to rheumatic fever with heart damage, luckily not a common disease. If you get tonsillitis more than 3 times a year, you should consider an operation, otherwise it can just be treated with antibiotics
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