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Will endocarditis complicate my pregnancy?

Will endocarditis complicate my pregnancy?

VERY Unlikely: Any infection can occur at any time, but in perfectly healthy women, pregnancy does not increase the risk of endocarditis (infection of the heart valves). For women with mild heart valve issues, the american heart assoc. No longer recommends (based on data) that antibiotics need to be given before delivery (vaginal or cesearan section) just to prevent a valve infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Who is at risk for endocarditis?

Who is at risk for endocarditis?

Endocarditis: Biggrst at risk individuals are those with congenitally abnormal or prosthetic valves. Also individuals with recurrent bacterial blood infections (e.g. Iv drug users). Confirmed by echocardiography. ...Read more

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How can endocarditis be diagnosed?

How can endocarditis be diagnosed?

Clinical findings: Endocarditis is an inflammation of the inside lining of the heart and often caused by a bacterial infection. It can be acute or subacute. The diagnosis is not made by any one test. Clinical examination can show certain physical features. Blood culture can identify a blood infection. Ecg and cardiac ultrasound can be useful to evaluate effects of the infection on the heart valves and muscle. ...Read more

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How bad is infective endocarditis?

May be critical: IE - Infection of the inside lining of the heart and heart valves usually caused by bacteria can be life threatening. It can permanently damage heart valves . It requires immediate and aggressive medical attention usually in hospital as well as multiple IV antibiotics. It can also be caused by fungi and other agents. Serious! ...Read more

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How harmful is infective endocarditis?

Potentially fatal: Infectious (bacterial) endocarditis is typically fatal without treatment, and occasionally fatal even with appropriate treatment. Typically, six weeks of IV antibiotics are required. Sometimes, the heart is damaged and requires surgical repair, and sometimes, the infection can not be cleared from the heart without surgery (abscess). ...Read more

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Splinter haemhorrages, endocarditis be only cause?

NO!!!: The most common cause of splinter hemorrhages is trauma. Can also occur in any collagen vascular disease, and 100% of patients with trichinosis have them. There are other assorted causes. ...Read more

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Is endocarditis fatal? I have it and was wondering if you can die from it?

It can: Endocarditis can be very dangerous. It can be fatal, but just as important can cause problems for the heart valves. You will be on an antibiotic for many weeks. Once cleared you will need antibiotics for dental work and other invasive procedures in the future. ...Read more

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What streptococcus causes infective endocarditis?

What streptococcus causes infective endocarditis?

Endocarditis: It is estimated that about 2/3 of the cases of endocarditis are caused by streptococcal bacteria. Streptococcal bacteria causing endocarditis include streptococcus viridans as well as groups a, c, and g streptococcal bacteria. ...Read more

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