How is rheumatic fever and a heart murmur linked to dental care?

Premedication. The concern is the "remote" possibility that bacteria from the mouth could enter your blood steam via cut or scrape, extraction etc and colonize on the heart valves. This can cause bacterial endocarditis. Another concern is the possibility these clusters of colonization can bread off and clot in another part of the body. Some patients need antibiotic before dental treatment. Discuss with your md.
Bacteria. In some invasive dental procedures, bacteria from the mouth can enter the blood stream. Patients with a heart murmur or a history of rheumatic fever could have heart valve changes that. Could cause the accumulation of bacteria on the valve causing damage. Speak to your cardiologist and dentist to see if you are in that risk group.
Bacteria. Like many procedures, dental procedures increase the amount of bacteria in the blood stream. Patients who have medical history of rheumatic fever or heart murmur are susceptible to bacteria i the blood stream, so antibiotic prophylaxis maybe required.
No link. People with those conditions used to be pre medicated with antibiotics before dental care but that is not done anymore.

Related Questions

How is rheumatic fever and a heart murmur linked?

Heart valve damage. Rheumatic fever causes damage to heart valves which gets worse over time. The damaged heart valve causes the murmur. Read more...
Valve damage. Rheumatic fever may damage or distort the valves in your heart rendering them unable to either close or open properly. As blood is pushed through a valve that does not open properly or leaks back through one that does not close well, the "squirting" noise (murmur) that is produced with acceleration of blood flow can be heard with a stethoscope placed over the affected valve. Read more...

My mother has a heart murmur from rheumatic fever (?). When she was hospitalized, they said she had arrythmias. Is this the same thing?

No. A murmur is noise the doctor hears when blood flows through a heart valve.An arrhythmia , or dysrhythmia , encompasses changes in the heart rhythm, from a regular even rhythm , to an uneven rhythm.Or a very slow or very fast rhythm. Read more...
NO. Not the same thing but they may be related. Valvular heart disease can certainly increase the risk that the patients heart may also have rhythm problems. The rhythm problem is related the the electricity network and pathways and when a valve leaks the chamber behind can get bigger and stretch and damage the electrical pathways. Read more...

How likely is it that fever and a heart murmur is linked to toothache and abscess formation?

Yes and no. An abscess is an infection which can definitely have a fever associated with it, but it can not cause a heart murmur. Read more...
Endocarditis. If this is a new murmur and fever in the setting of anorak infection you need to be concerned about endocarditis which is an infection of a heart valve which can be very concerning. I would recommend that you see your physician asap. Read more...
Endocarditis. Endocarditis infrequently as a result from bacteremia from infected tooth. See MD and DDS ASAP. Read more...

5 year old step-son has fever, projectile vomit, heart murmur (diagnosed this hospital stay), and now a rash what could it be?

Talk to his docs. Much as I would love to start guessing (guessing diagnoses based upon a very few symptoms is a game doctors play), a forum like this is not the place to get answers to this question. Instead, ask his doctors. They should share with you what they are thinking. If they do not explain clearly, politely let them know that you do not understand and ask again. Read more...
Frver, rash ht murmu. The combination of signs & symptoms your son has can be caused by several coditions, since he is aleady in the hospital, I'm sure the doctors are already doing all tests that can help reach a diagnosis. I hope your son feels better soon. Talk to doctor in hospital may be he or she can give you an idea. Good luck. . Read more...
Gastroenteritis. Most likely a viral gastroenteritis you need to take him to the hospital. Read more...

I had echo for a new heart murmur that appeared 6 months ago. I was told that I am fine. I have fatigue, fever, splinter nail hemorrhages and blood+protein in the urine. Could it still be endocarditis despite the normal echo?

Yes. It's possible and transesophageal echo is more sensitive so it may be time for a tee. Read more...
Absolutely. You have endocarditis and need to be seen and treated by infectious diseases experts asap. Echocardiography, even if done at its best, does not exclude the diagnosis and you have most of the criteria. There are many cases of culture-negative endocarditis. If you are not being seen by an id expert you need to do that now. There are serologic studies to identify organisms (like coxiella burnetti). Read more...
Yes. An echocardiogram which is negative does not 'rule out' endocarditis. It just means that whatever is there isn't seen on echo. You have too many other positive signs. Get blood cultures. Read more...

13 yo had heart murmur 2 yrs ago otherwise healthy& active today had dental cleaning w bleeding should he take profilact abx? What to look out for?

Probably not. Only if there is known structural disease of the heart is antibiotic prophylaxis indicated. You'd physician should have advised you. Read more...
Usually not. Pre-dental antibiotics were once widely prescribed but the list of indications has narrowed considerably. The list today includes those with artificial grafts/valves, complex congenital heart disease, etc. Your simple murmur does not qualify. Read more...
Heart murmur. If the heart murmur was determined to be significant and indicative of valvular abnormality, then prophylactic antibiotics for dental procedures are important. If the murmur was proven by echocardiogram to be only functional and not indicative of structural valvular disease, antibiotics are not needed. Such murmurs often clear up.An evaluation by a cardiologist may be best to answer your question. Read more...

My son is 14 and needs teeth cleaning. I was also told thathe has a heart murmur. Are antibiotics needed?

Antibiotics. Ask your doctor about the aha guidelines for SBE prophylactic antibiotics. More information is needed to answer your question. Read more...
Probably not. Usually not. Most common structural(congenital) heart defects do not require antibiotics for routine dental care in 2012. Also most heart murmurs are not caused by heart defects and are "innocent" . Nevertheless it may be a good idea for a pediatric cardiologist to examine him. Read more...
It depends. Most murmurs heard are normal sounds and don't require antibiotics. There are certain heart conditions that may cause a murmur that do require antibiotics. Your doctor should know whether or not antibiotics are required. Read more...
No. According to the latest guideline from both american heart association and american dental association, any heart murmur alone does not need premedication prior to dental work. Even mitral valve relapse with regurgitation won't need antibiotic prophylaxis now. Study showed that unnecessary antibiotics before dental work gives you more risk than benefits. Read more...

Has a heart murmur it usually acts up when he's sick/feverish. Tonight his heart was beating so fast he was crying it hurt so bad, it hurts a lot.?

Murmur, pain. murmur is a noise made by turbulence bloodflow detected by auscultation, classically it is not symptomatically received by the patient. Rapid heart action with discomfort suggests in this age group the presence of an arrhythmia that requires specific diagnosis and possible treatment. He needs a thorough history, examination and testing including ECG and blood tests. Read more...

I have many abscess teeth for about 15 years this has cause a heart murmur been on antibiotics for 6 years I don't want to die but no one will help?

Endocarditis. This sounds as if bacteria entered your bloodstream from the abscess and created an infection on the interior lining of the heart (endocarditis). The only potential solutions are to have the abscesses cleared by a dentist or oral surgeon and the endocarditis treated appropriately. Try dr. Michael gelfand in memphis for a really great infectious diseases expert. Read more...
Don't understand. If you had dental infections did you not seek treatment to prevent infection from spreading to other organs? You need a Dentist and a Cardiologist to work in tandem to help you. And you will have to follow their recommendations to the letter. Read more...
Risks of abscesses. It would seem to me that leaving abscessed teeth in while having cardiac issues could only exacerbate the problems. Being on antibiotics for this long is also no bueno. The abscesses will not directly cause a murmur but chronic inflammation or SBE can cause cardiac problems. See a University Oral surgeon for consult asap. Read more...
Help yourself. You must take better care of yourself. Help must begin with your own willingness to care, seek proper medical treatment and follow advice and instructions. A teaching hospital with a dental department should be able to provide you with excellent medical and dental care. . Read more...
Get treatment. Walking around for 15 years with many abscessed teeth is not a good way to live your life. I encourage you to seek care immediately. If you are without insurance or the financial means to pay for all your care, try the local dental schools in your area. Not only are you probably going to lose many teeth at a young age you are tempting fate with your avoidance of definitive care. Please seek help! Read more...