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What Does It Mean When Infection Of Heart Valves
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
Endocarditis: When a bacteria gets in the bloodstream, there is a chance of attaching to a heart valve. This is called endocarditis. If this happens, the bacteria can grow, causing lesions called vegetations to appear which can break off and plug small blood vessels in the hand, foot, or brain. The bacterial growth can also cause the valve to leak. If this is significant, valve replacement may be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Numerous: An infection of the heart valves, known as endocarditis, is a very serious disorder. Symptoms usually stem from infection in the blood stream and include fever, chills, possible low blood pressure or even shock, heart failure, shortness of breath, and may include severe damage to the infected valve causing severe leakage of the valve, requiring emergency valve replacement surgery. ...Read more
Is there much of a link between flossing and/or using mouthwash and infections of the heart valves?
Perhaps.: Good dental care greatly reduces the risk of bacteria getting in the blood stream from the mouth, but this is likely something that occurs frequently in normal people. Abnormal heart valves are prone to infection so procedures that are likely to cause bacteria entry into blood are hazardous. Flossing is very low risk. Some dental procedures and colonoscopy may require antibiotics for safety. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May be: You have serious heart condition at young age. Do you have some congenital ( from Birth) Heart Disease? Or Are you over weight? Obviously you are under care of Cardiologist so ask him/her what it means to have thickened Heart valve. Without seeing a report I cannot interpret and give you conflicting explanation ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
D dimer 0.93, found 4.5 taaw/ct angio/w/contrast, echo, mildthickening of left ventricle&atrium, slight regurgitation of all heart valves.Mean?
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
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