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main risk factor for developing infective endocarditis

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Dr. Nelson Nicolasora
24 years experience Infectious Disease
It can be bad...: can cause death, heart failue with valve not working, sepsis, stroke or other end organ issues with septic emboli (infected vegetation migrating throu ... Read More
Dr. Peter Varga
40 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
May be critical: IE - Infection of the inside lining of the heart and heart valves usually caused by bacteria can be life threatening. It can permanently damage heart ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Neish
37 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Potentially fatal: Infectious (bacterial) endocarditis is typically fatal without treatment, and occasionally fatal even with appropriate treatment. Typically, six week ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Thompson
26 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Heart infection: It is usually when there are bacteria in the heart, usually growing on one of the valves. It can also be caused by fungi. People with certain forms of ... Read More
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Dr. Barton Cook
30 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Heart infection: Infective endocarditis (ie) is an infection of the endocardial surface (lining) of the heart, which may include one or more heart valves, the walls, o ... Read More
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Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience Cardiology
Heart valve infxn: Endocarditis is an infection of a heart valve. Generally confirmed on echocardiogram.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
The cause: Endocarditis is damage to the heart valves . Infective endocarditis is caused by bugs such as staph aureas . Non infectious endocarditis can be caused ... Read More
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Dr. Joshua Buckler
18 years experience Cardiology
Valve/heart: Infective endocarditis specifically means there is an infection if a heart valve or heart structure, much like pneumonia means there is an infection o ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
30 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Heart infection: Infective endocarditis (ie) is an infection of the endocardial surface (lining) of the heart, which may include one or more heart valves, the walls, o ... Read More
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Dr. Howard Kirschner
8 years experience Dentistry
Yes, per current inf: Current info does substantiate such a periodontal cardiac relationship. Flossing is important in maintaining proper periodontal health.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Bacteria: Infective endocarditis is a bacterial blood infection that has infected the heart as well. It is not contagious.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Constant low grade: Because during most cases of endocarditis the bacteremia is low grade and constant, the fever pattern (assuming no interruption by antipyretics or ant ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Culbertson
34 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Endocarditis: Infective Endocarditis (IE) is a serious disease cause by both bacteria/fungi infecting the inner lining of the heart (endocardium). It requires aggre ... Read More
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