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Medicine For Endocarditis
Dirty/reused needles: When you are more focused on getting the drug into your vein than the equipment you use it increases your risk. Drug addicts pay little attention to sanitizing the skin and using germ free needles to inject the drug. Anytime a germ has a chance to enter your body through poor hygiene you may develop endocarditis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dirty needles: Endocarditis is more likely to occur when there are a lot of bacteria in the blood stream. Iv drug abusers break their skin frequently; the skin acts as a normal barrier to infection. Also, if sterile technique is not used (which it rarely is), bacteria are introduced directly into the blood stream. In addition, the immune system of drug addicts is often compromised. ...Read more
Definitely: Iv drug users are much more likely to get endocarditis, a life-threatening infection of heart valves that is difficult to treat. Skin bacteria enter the bloodstream during injection and attach to the valves, especially on the right side of the heart where blood enters from the body. The staph on the skin are particularly dangerous endocarditis organisms to which IV users are susceptible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnosed with endocarditis The doctor asked me if I'm an iv drug user. I told him no... What are other causes of that?
Several other causes: The doctor was correct to ask! IV drug abuse is a common cause of endocarditis. He needed to know if that was the reason, because then both problems can be addressed: the infection and the drug abuse. Other causes may be bacterial, fungal, etc. Sources can be the mouth, urinary tract or colon, from recent procedures. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infective_endocarditis#Infection_setting ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had endocarditis said to be caused by IV drug use could the mytral vale alreadfy been scared causing the infection to be attracted to it birth othe?
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, or a septal defect. People at greatest risk of endocarditis have a damaged heart valve, an artificial heart valve or other heart defects. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fever, murmur: It is difficult to know for sure some times but if there is fever with elevated sedimentation rate with a positive blood clture in a patient with a murmur an abnormal heart valve which may or may not cause congestive heart failure. An echocardiogram. May show the vegetations in the valve. The history helps...Most common in HIV patients IV drug users, or elderly pts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clinical findings: Endocarditis is an inflammation of the inside lining of the heart and often caused by a bacterial infection. It can be acute or subacute. The diagnosis is not made by any one test. Clinical examination can show certain physical features. Blood culture can identify a blood infection. Ecg and cardiac ultrasound can be useful to evaluate effects of the infection on the heart valves and muscle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's an infection: Endocarditis is an infection of the inside layer of the heart frequently including the heart valves. It can be acute with rapid distraction of the vales leading to heart failure. Chronic is slow and may present as on and off fevers and weakness antibiotics can resolve some before the valves are destroyed. ...Read more
Yes: Endocarditis, or infection of a heart valve, is a serious illness. In its acute form, there may be high fever, chills and sweats, generalized weakness, arrhythmias and heart failure. The subacute form is subtler and may gradually cause anemia, weakness, night sweats, weight loss, fatigue, depression and eventually heart failure. Either form is potentially lethal. If suspected, it needs evaluation. ...Read more
Rare: From the perspective of the general public, it's a rare disease. Risk factors are intravenous drug abuse and poor dental hygiene. People who have developed a blood infection (septicemia) from any cause at are increased risk. People with underlying structural abnormalities of their valves or artificial valves are at higher risk. ...Read more