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After a bout with bacterial endocarditis, what hurts the heart valves?

After a bout with bacterial endocarditis, what hurts the heart valves?

Infection and scar: Endocarditis often occurs on valves damaged due to other diseases, e.g., rheumatic fever, bicuspid valve. The bacterial infection and associated inflammation further damage the valves which is further complicated by scarring on healing. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Valve (Definition)

A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more


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What are the presenting symptoms of an infection of heart valves?

What are the presenting symptoms of an infection of heart valves?

Numerous: An infection of the heart valves, known as endocarditis, is a very serious disorder. Symptoms usually stem from infection in the blood stream and include fever, chills, possible low blood pressure or even shock, heart failure, shortness of breath, and may include severe damage to the infected valve causing severe leakage of the valve, requiring emergency valve replacement surgery. ...Read more

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My daughter was diagnoised with bacterial endocarditis that damaged her heart valves. They told us the damage is to sever to be what can we do if a doctor said heart valve damage is too sever and we need to make my daughter a dnr. Is there other treatment

My daughter was diagnoised with bacterial endocarditis that damaged her heart valves. They told us the damage is to sever to be what can we do if a doctor said heart valve damage is too sever and we need to make my daughter a dnr. Is there other treatment

Bacterial : Bacterial endocarditis can be a devastating disease indeed and i cannot imagine the pain and suffering you are going through. While far more information is needed to render a definitive opinion, i will offer some thoughts that i hope you will find useful in deciding how best to proceed. Although damage to the heart valves is certainly one of the potential serious complications of bacterial endocarditis, it is important to clarify whether that is in fact the main reason that have led her doctors to recommended that you consider changing your daughter's code status to dnr (an abbreviation for do not resuscitate). In my experience, unless her endocarditis occurred sometime time ago, the damage was very severe, involved multiple valves and went unrecognized and thus untreated for some time, it is possible, if not likely that there are other reasons for the ‘dnr’ recommendation (examples such as infected emboli to her brain or other important organs, etc.). If the reason for the ‘dnr’ recommendation is in fact the severity of her heart valve disease, find out all you can and seek another opinion. Based on what i can discern from your question, I am afraid there is likely to be more here than what is obvious from the available information. ...Read more

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What are the presenting symptoms of an infection of heart valves?

Numerous: An infection of the heart valves, known as endocarditis, is a very serious disorder. Symptoms usually stem from infection in the blood stream and include fever, chills, possible low blood pressure or even shock, heart failure, shortness of breath, and may include severe damage to the infected valve causing severe leakage of the valve, requiring emergency valve replacement surgery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: infection of heart valves?

What is the definition or description of: infection of heart valves?

Endocarditis: When a bacteria gets in the bloodstream, there is a chance of attaching to a heart valve. This is called endocarditis. If this happens, the bacteria can grow, causing lesions called vegetations to appear which can break off and plug small blood vessels in the hand, foot, or brain. The bacterial growth can also cause the valve to leak. If this is significant, valve replacement may be needed. ...Read more

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Describe the disorder called an infection of the heart valves.?

Describe the disorder called an infection of the heart valves.?

Endocarditis: It is called endocarditis. Can be caused mostly by bacterias and fungus. It is a very serious condition that requires immediate intervention. Valves can deteriorate fast and hence cardiac function be compromised ...Read more

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Is there much of a link between flossing and/or using mouthwash and infections of the heart valves?

Perhaps.: Good dental care greatly reduces the risk of bacteria getting in the blood stream from the mouth, but this is likely something that occurs frequently in normal people. Abnormal heart valves are prone to infection so procedures that are likely to cause bacteria entry into blood are hazardous. Flossing is very low risk. Some dental procedures and colonoscopy may require antibiotics for safety. ...Read more

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After a bout with bacterial endocarditis, what hurts the heart valves?

Infection and scar: Endocarditis often occurs on valves damaged due to other diseases, e.g., rheumatic fever, bicuspid valve. The bacterial infection and associated inflammation further damage the valves which is further complicated by scarring on healing. ...Read more

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How long should i be kept waiting for two damaged leaking heart valves replaced plz?

How long should i be kept waiting for two damaged leaking heart valves replaced plz?

Heart valves: It is difficult to answer this question and it depends on your symptoms . If your symptoms are minimal the you can safely wait, however if you are suffering debilitating symptoms then you need the repair done as soon as possible ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more