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Why does infective endocarditis attack the mitral valve and not the other ones?

Yes, per current inf. Current info does substantiate such a periodontal cardiac relationship. Flossing is important in maintaining proper periodontal health. Read more...
It affects all valve. The left sided valves (aortic and mitral) are commonly the most fequent infected. This can result from dental work, infections elsewhere. The right sided valves can get infected too with the tricuspid eing more frequently involved. Ths is seen in i've drug users frequently. Read more...

My daughter had mitral valve surgery. In 2009 and recently got infective endocarditis and had to have another mitral valve repir. Will there be more su?

Endocarditis. Endocarditis damages native or artificial valves. Would need more information to predict whether future mitral surgery is likely. Ask the cardiologist or her surgeon. Read more...
See below. There could be more surgeries. If the child is 8 years old the size of the mitral valve may need to be increased as she grows. This is outside of the damage that endocarditis can do to the valve. Read more...

Why does bacterial endocarditis usually attack the mitral valve and not the others?

Endocarditis. Bacterial infection of the heart valves is rare. Any valve can become infected, but usually an abnormal or damaged valve is the most susceptible. Mitral valve prolapse is one of the more common valve abnormalities and may be more likely to get infection. Read more...
It doesn't. Endocarditis usually occurs on a previously abnormal or damaged valve. It may seem that the mitral valve has a higher incidence but it really may occur on any valve. Read more...
Not so. Endocarditis may also affect aortic and tricuspid valves as well as prosthetic valves. Read more...
Not true. Ie can affect any valve and often involves the aortic valve. Those who use IV drugs are more prone to have infection of their tricuspid valve. Read more...

Will a torn chordae tendineae of mitral valve from endocarditis heal without surgery?

Chorda tendinae. A ruptured chorda tendinae would be very unlikely to reattach. If the mitral insufficiency produced is signficant volume and it usually is, surgical intervention is most often necessary. Some folks with ruptured chordae don't need immediate surgery but eventual surgery remains likely. Read more...

Scarring on mitral valve from endocarditis had 2 strokes what are cjances of a 3rd?

No one knows! You need an expert cardiology review, and then treatment directed at reducing embolic showers that cause your strokes. But even with full workup any answer is still a guess! sort of like asking the chances of a 3rd heart attack after already having heart disease severe enough to cause 2 heart attacks! but there are ways to reduce your risks. See your doctor! Read more...

Do all prolonged fevers in a mitral valve prolapsed patient mean endocarditis?

Fever. Prolonged fever needs to be evaluated. Endocarditis is one possibility for a cause. Read more...
Usually not. Usually not, but you should have your own doctor check you. Read more...
No. There are many infectious and non infection causes of prolonged fever. Prolonged fever in a patient with an abnormal heart valve always warrants a diagnostic work up to rule out endocarditis. This includes at least multiple blood cultures and a cardiac echo preferably a trans-esophageal echo. Read more...

Will cardio exercise cause leakage of your mitral heart valve if your mitral valve is weakened due to endocarditis?

It could but. Exercise generally beneficial & if symptoms are pronounced with exercise medication or surgical intervention may be required. Read more...
No. Cardio improves overall heart-lung-muscle function. A leaking valve will not be damaged, per se. However, depending on the amount of valve damage and leak from the endocarditis, total cardio performance may be limited. Discuss with you doctor about performing an exercise stress test before engaging in strenuous cardio exercise. Read more...

Few yrs After Mitral Valve repair will now have B12 injections Would injections be less of a risk for Endocarditis in other areas eg leg than arm?

Skin cleansing. As long as the skin is properly cleansed, it should be okay to take the injection at a site convenient for you. Arm is usually easier and you may wish to use the arm as the volume of injection is not much. Read more...

Should a couple ruptured Chordae tendineae and (as a result) mitral valve prolapse from endocarditis warrant worry for a 26 y/o athlete? No symptoms.

Ruptured chordae. Generally this condition will cause mitral valve insufficiency which may increase over time. Discuss with your doctor, you may need an exercise echo test to see if mitral insufficiency is present or increases with increasing exercise. Your Dr.(cardiologist)can advise of your status with the information. Read more...