A member asked:

Is there a waiting period for heart surgery after having endocarditis w/pulmonary embolism?

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Stable condition: To have surgery, patients need to be in stable condition. For someone who had endocarditis and pulmonary embolism, that means that both the infection and the pulmonary condition needs to resolve completely, and that your vitals are stable. In addition, surgeons may require that your blood pressure be brought under control before they clear you for surgery.

Answered 4/8/2015



Several weeks: If it is an emergency, doctors will make do with what they got. Otherwise, if the situation is stable, two things need to happen. First, recovery from the embolism with at least 4 weeks of effective anticoagulation. Second, complete control of the infection (endocarditis) with 6 to 8 weeks of antibiotics, followed by blood cultures to confirm clearance of the infection.

Answered 7/20/2012



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