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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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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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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What blood test factors would be off if someone had a bacterial infection of the heart?

What blood test factors would be off if someone had a bacterial infection of the heart?

Endocarditis: The primary thing to look for with infectious endocarditis are positive blood cultures. Usually ALL the blood cultures are positive, and they 'turn' positive quite rapidly. If this diagnosis is under consideration, please make sure you get an Infectious Diseases specialist to assist in the diagnosis and management. There are other lab abnormalities too- like urinary findings, elevated sed rate etc ...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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Have leaky heart valve. Not sure which but I think Tricuspid. Test was 2 yr ago but just told by dr yesterday. Need to worry? Dr said 80% ppl have

Have leaky heart valve.  Not sure which but I think Tricuspid.  Test was 2 yr ago but just told by dr yesterday.  Need to worry?  Dr said 80% ppl have

Valvar insufficiency: From the character of your statement you likely have nothing to worry about on this subject. You should however ask this question and for details of your Doc who has the most information about you specifically ...Read more

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Can minor heart valve leak get worse from lifting heavy stuff? EKG showed depression, 2 years ago, stress test okay then. EKG showed same thing again.

Can minor heart valve leak get worse from lifting heavy stuff? EKG showed depression, 2 years ago, stress test okay then. EKG showed same thing again.

Heavy lifting: does not directly effect a heart valve leak....it may raise the blood pressure and pulse thus making a murmur sound "louder" but the actual structure of the heart is unchanged by the lifting itself BTW I am "confused" a bit about the "depressions" noted on your EKG..some valve problems lead to heart muscle enlargement..(and ST segment depression) again...lifting has only transient effects! Z ...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?

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

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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