How deadly is infective endocarditis?

Endocarditis. Infective Endocarditis (IE) is a serious disease cause by both bacteria/fungi infecting the inner lining of the heart (endocardium). It requires aggressive antibiotic/fungal treatment-but can also include surgery to repair/replace heart valves effected. The usual cause of death is congestive heart failure - neurologic complication are also often seen. Mortality can be 20-25% even with treatment.

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What is meant by infective endocarditis?

Heart infection. It is usually when there are bacteria in the heart, usually growing on one of the valves. It can also be caused by fungi. People with certain forms of congenital heart defects, immune disorders, and IV drug abusers are those most commonly affected. Read more...
Heart infection. Infective endocarditis (ie) is an infection of the endocardial surface (lining) of the heart, which may include one or more heart valves, the walls, or a septal defect. People at greatest risk of endocarditis have a damaged heart valve, an artificial heart valve or other heart defects. Read more...
Heart valve infxn. Endocarditis is an infection of a heart valve. Generally confirmed on echocardiogram. Read more...

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...
Alpha streptococci. Are the most common cause of this infection. The Alpha refers to the partial hemolysis found on a blood agar plate producing a green color as compared to the complete hemolysis of the beta strep. This green color is from where the term viridans streptococcus comes from. There is, however, no organism formally called streptococcus viridans. Read more...

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is infective endocarditis?

Heart infection. Infective endocarditis (ie) is an infection of the endocardial surface (lining) of the heart, which may include one or more heart valves, the walls, or a septal defect. People at greatest risk of endocarditis have a damaged heart valve, an artificial heart valve or other heart defects. Read more...

Is there a link between flossing and infective endocarditis?

Yes, per current inf. Current info does substantiate such a periodontal cardiac relationship. Flossing is important in maintaining proper periodontal health. Read more...
Has not been proven. Interesting question. There has been speculation linking the two, with the idea being that bacteria sent through the blood stream could wind up colonizing on a remote surface, such as a heart valve, but to date it has never been proven that this occurs. I'd keep flossing and keep those teeth and gums as healthy as possible. It's good for your general health. Read more...

What causes cardiomyopathy to lead to infective endocarditis?

Cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathies increase the risk of endocarditis because of the collateral processes causing the cardiomyopathy some of which cause valve lesions. Read more...
Doesn't. Cardiomyopathy, by itself, does not 'lead' to endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the lining of the heart and usually heart valves. However, if you have cardiomyopathy, there may be abnormalities of the heart valves too, particularly leaking valves. This may slightly raise the risk of getting endocarditis in certain circumstances. Read more...