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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

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