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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?

See below: A heart valve infection or endocarditis is usually caused by a bacterial infection of the valve. There are also not infectious causes of endocarditis. A normal CBC means that the complete blood count ie. Red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are all normal. This is unusual in bacterial endocarditis but does occur. ...Read more

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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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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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If your troponin level is normal, does it mean that your heart valve is allright & not infected by bacterial endocarditis?Ty

If your troponin level is normal, does it mean that your heart valve is allright & not infected by bacterial endocarditis?Ty

Not necessarily: Elevated troponin is most often associated with heart muscle damage, as in a heart attack. Heart valves may be damaged (by infection or other processes) that may not lead to an elevated troponin. An ultrasound of the heart should help detect important damage to any involved valves. ...Read more

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Can you advise me if having piercings with a prosthetic heart valve. subacute bacterial endocarditis?

Can you advise me if having piercings with a prosthetic heart valve. subacute bacterial endocarditis?

No clear guidelines: Prosthetic valve indicates increased risk of endocarditis. Even under current, stricter AHA guidelines, you would need SBE prophylaxis before high-risk procedures, like dental cleaning/extractions, tonsillectomy, I&D of abscesses. No clear data about body piercings, so different MDs have different approaches. Discuss with your MD, but clean the area very well & care for the site after. Take care! ...Read more

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Can congestive heart failure be from a bacterial infection of vital organs?

Can congestive heart failure be from a bacterial infection of vital organs?

Not usually.: Except in the case of bacterial infection of the heart valves (endocarditis) or septic shock , this would be very unusual. ...Read more

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I'm having one especially since a bacterial infection from a dental abscess, can it travel to the heart? What should I do?

I'm having one especially since a bacterial infection from a dental abscess, can it travel to the heart? What should I do?

See dentist ASAP: If you have an active bacterial infection from an abscessed tooth, you need to get on some antibiotics immediately and then get the necessary treatment to resolve the abscess: either root canal or extraction. Any bacterial infection has the potential to spread to another part of your body. See a dentist immediately! ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bacterial Infections (Definition)

Bacteria are tiny organisms that can only be seen with a microscope. When certain bacteria enter the body, they can cause infections that must ...Read more