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cause of bacterial endocarditis

A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Shulman
21 years experience Pulmonology
Bacterial vs viral: Most endocarditis can be dangerous regardless of the etiology, but viral is usually less severe. However, bacterial endocarditis can be treated with ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
31 years experience Cardiology
Antibiotics: If antibiotics are unsuccessful or if there is severe valve damage or other comlications like stroke, renal failure or heart block , or persistent inf ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zevitz
37 years experience Internal medicine
Several: They include blood cultures, complete blood count, chemistry profile, and most importantly, an echocardiogram or cardiac ultrasound. A echocardiogram, ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
22 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
A heart infection...: ...Usually involving a bacteria (or sometimes a fungus) which attach to diseased or artificial heart valves. The bacteria usually get into the bloodst ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
31 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Heart infection: Subacute infective endocarditis is an infection of the endocardial surface (lining) of the heart, which may include heart valves, the walls, or a sep ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zevitz
37 years experience Internal medicine
Antibiotics: Broad spectrum antibiotics to start. In severe cases of endocarditis, open heart surgery to replace the infected valve is a life saving necessity, pro ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Greer
44 years experience Family Medicine
Infection of heart: The "subacute" part means the patient is not obviously sick.The infection is always serious and must be treated as soon as possible with powerful anti ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Very: Infective endocarditis is always a very serious illness. It requires lengthy treatment with one or more antibiotics, may require surgery, and complic ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
19 years experience Cardiology
Mycotic aneurysm: Use of blood thinners in bacterial endocarditis is associated with increased chance of mycotic aneurysms of the brain which can ultimately result in b ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
20 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Not sure of question: Symptoms in SBE can be quite variable, but typically reflect a slow or indolent course, as opposed to acute endocarditis, with symptoms evolving over ... Read More

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