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Can someone tell me how serious a staph infection in the heart is?

Can someone tell me how serious a staph infection in the heart is?

Endocarditis: Staphylococcal endocarditis is very aggressive and is very serious. It is one of the worst forms of infective endocarditis. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Inwood
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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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Explain what is meant if you have a heart valve infection with normal cbcs?

Explain what is meant if you have a heart valve infection with normal cbcs?

Not much: Valvular endocarditis is an infection needing systemic antibiotics and possible surgery. A normal CBC does not have any relationship to the infection. It may be normal or high WBC or low wbc. There may be anemia or not. Same with platelets. If there is an abnormality of CBC with onset of endocarditis a normal CBC may reflect the pt is responding to treatment. ...Read more

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What is the healing time with staph infection after open heart surgery?

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What is the healing time with staph infection after open heart surgery?

Depends: It depends on how deep the infection is; a superficial infection can often be cleared in a couple of weeks. The deeper the infection, the longer the antibiotic course/risk of complications. The other variable would be if this is a mssa or a MRSA infection, and the choice of antibiotic. ...Read more

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How long should it take to get over open heart surgery with a staph infection?

Varies: Depends on the site of infection (mediastinum, sternum, superficial soft tissue, vein harvest site, central line, lung, bladder, etc), immunosuppression, nutrition, and treatment. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my sister had a heart valve replacement 25 days ago since thah she is in coma and high infection on her lung?

What do you suggest if my sister had a heart valve replacement 25 days ago since thah she is in coma and high infection on her lung?

Team meeting: You should ask for a meeting with the surgeon, the infectious disease specialist, and the neurologist taking care of her to discuss her status and what they feel her chances for recovery are. You may want to include any other interested family members and any other people you trust for advice in your life. Get the most up to date and precise info you can to aid in your decisions ...Read more

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My sister had a heart valve replacement 25 days ago. Since then, she has been in a coma and has high infection on her lung. Will she be okay?

My sister had a heart valve replacement 25 days ago. Since then, she has been in a coma and has high infection on her lung. Will she be okay?

Coma: Your sister is seriously ill. Her doctors can give you a far better assessment of her status and prognosis than from out here. ...Read more

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Is novocain dangerous for someone w/ a leaking heart valve? They need to have a tooth extracted but are worried about the shot. If someone has a history of having a leaking valve in the heart but needs there tooth pulled out due to an infection and cavity

Is novocain dangerous for someone w/ a leaking heart valve? They need to have a tooth extracted but are worried about the shot. If someone has a history of having a leaking valve in the heart but needs there tooth pulled out due to an infection and cavity

"Novacaine": "novacaine" is no longer used in dentistry. There are other anesthetics that are available. After your complete medical history is reviewed, it will be evaluated and a proper way to procede will be formulated. Make sure you bring your medical history from your cardiologist so your dentist can review it. ...Read more

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Staph infection on scalp. Just heard it has been there for months. Trouble breathing, dizziness, unusual heart rate, chills. Is it in bloodstream?

Staph infection on scalp. Just heard it has been there for months. Trouble breathing, dizziness, unusual heart rate, chills. Is it in bloodstream?

Mgt.: I would suggest an evaluation to rule out a lung infection. It is possible that the current symptoms may be related. Monitor your temperature, rest and drink fluids.
Has the scalp infection been cultured to better determine the cause? ...Read more

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How possible is it that I will need a new heart valve?

How possible is it that I will need a new heart valve?

New heart valve: If your valves are normal then very low probability you'll need a new valve. If you have a seriously malfunctioning valve causing hemodynamic problems, you have a high probability of needing a new valve ...Read more

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Doc says I have a leaky heart valve can that cause palpitations, dizziness, cloudiness?

Doc says I have a leaky heart valve can that cause palpitations, dizziness, cloudiness?

Yes, this can happen.: When a cardiac valve is leaky the blood regurgitates back into the chamber from where the blood came originally instead of going in the forward direction to the next chamber. When it happens the tissues don't get enough blood and oxygen. At the same time the overfilled chamber from the leaky valve is trying to make up by beating faster than it should be, to meet out the demands of tissues. ...Read more

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Can I take virectin if I have atrial fibrilation which seems to be caused by the fact that I have a mild leak in the heart valve.?

Can I take virectin if I have atrial fibrilation which seems to be caused by the fact that I have a mild leak in the heart valve.?

Not relevant: 1-atrial fibrillation can have many underlying triggers but "mild" leak in heart valve should not be one of them
2-virectin has very little science underlying its advertising's purported benefits-more snake oil but unlikely to be particularly harmful. ...Read more

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What causes heart valve leakage on a repaired mitral valve? I had a mitral valve repair, what will cause the repaires valve to start to have some leak

What causes heart valve leakage on a repaired mitral valve? I had a mitral valve repair, what will cause the repaires valve to start to have some leak

Some leakage: Some leakage is the norm. This is nothing to worry about. Your cardiologist will keep an eye on this. You will have periodic echocardiograms (maybe every year or more) to follow this.

What you do not need to do is fixate on this and worry yourself to death! You are better - enjoy this!

hope this helps! ...Read more

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Heart valve problems in grandpa. Is it hereditary; will I get it?

Heart valve problems in grandpa. Is it hereditary; will I get it?

Not likely: There are many different types of heart valve problems, but most are acquired and not necessarily genetic. ...Read more

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Can I exercise with a moderate heart valve leakage?

Can I exercise with a moderate heart valve leakage?

Yes: Start slow and gradually build your endurance if you feel good with your exercise regimen. Notify your doctor if your having difficulty like fatigue, dizziness, chest discomfort or palpitations. ...Read more

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I'm 35 I was told but a Heart Dr that I have a leaky heart valve should I be worried?

I'm 35 I was told but a Heart Dr that I have a leaky heart valve should I be worried?

Devil in the details: Depends entirely on which valve and how much leaking. Some leaking of the tricuspid and pulmonic valve is 100% normal. Mild leakage of the mitral valve is technically "abnormal" but nearly universal and harmless. Mild leakage of the aortic valve is abnormal but well tolerated. Severe leakage should be followed by your heart doc and treated if certain criteria are met. ...Read more

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I have a leaky heart valve how concerned should I be these heart doctors don't explain anything it's the valve that starts with an m?

I have a leaky heart valve how concerned should I be these heart doctors don't explain anything it's the valve that starts with an m?

Mitral valve problem: Your mitral valve is between your left atrium and your left ventricle. There are varying degrees of dysfunction from mild to very severe. You have to sit down with your cardiologist and see where you're at. ...Read more

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I have tetralogy of fallout. Is a heart valve replacement is necessary?

Case specific: If your cardiologist and cardiac surgeon advised you to replace a valve obviously it is necessary based on their knowledge of your case. Without actually studying your echo, cardiac cath hemodynamic data, can not have an opinion about your valve issues. ...Read more

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What can I expect during and after aortic heart valve replacement surgery?

What can I expect during and after aortic heart valve replacement surgery?

Well, let's see: During the procedure you can expect to be oblivious to what is going on since you are anesthetized. Postoperative you will move through various phases, and may note a period of mechanical ventilation, and you will likely recall the removal of your chest drains. Gradually you will transition to exercising, and once discharged, an increasingly rigorous program of cardiac rehab.

Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I'm in need of heart-valve replacement, possibly in four weeks. Do I have time to get a tattoo?

I'm in need of heart-valve replacement, possibly in four weeks. Do I have time to get a tattoo?

Tattoo: Better think twice! Any potential source of infection is to be frown upon. Check with your physician prior. A thorough dental evaluation prior is money well spent. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can I do to buld up my iron levels as my heart valve is chewing up to many red blood cells?

What can I do to buld up my iron levels as my heart valve is chewing up to many red blood cells?

Iron rich foods: You can take iron tablets, which are available otc, and that will help to some degree. Foods rich in the most readily usable form come from animals that also produce hemoglobin. So meats like beef, liver, chicken and fish are rich in iron. The most iron rich vegetable is spinach. ...Read more

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What are the risks of hip replacement surgery if I have an artificial heart valve? Would you recommend it?

What are the risks of hip replacement surgery if I have an artificial heart valve? Would you recommend it?

Discuss w/ ORS: Discuss w/ your ORS. Artificial heart valves are fairly common and do not represent a contraindication for hip replacement. Active skin lesions, dental caries and urinary tract infections are the most common reasons in my experience for cancellation of elective joint replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery performed well provides pain relief and greatly improves quality of life. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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I'm on warfarin for a mechanical heart valve and I too my blood pressure and my heart pulse is low 52 is this an emergency room matter right now?

I'm on warfarin for a mechanical heart valve and I too my blood pressure and my heart pulse is low 52 is this an emergency room matter right now?

Depends: Would like to know what the blood pressure is and especially if you have any symptoms such as dizziness, chest pain, weakness, passing out etc. Warfarin in should not cause blood pressure or heart rate to be low but you do need to check your inr which measures how thick or thin your blood is. This is done with a simple fingerstick blood draw in our office. ...Read more

Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

This is an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus - and it often is quite dangerous because the organism, the 'germ' has alot of virulence to it... it's very nasty in other words. You can see an ID doc to find out more about Staph infections, since they are experts in diagnosing and treating ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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