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Can endocarditis pateints by completely recovered? I have a family member who has a substance abuse problem, she contracted endocarditis from dirty needles. What is the liklihood that she full recovers wuth no lasting damage to her heart?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine
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In brief: That

That depends on how much damage was done to the heart, and of course whether or not your family member is able to achieve sobriety.
Endocarditis is a condition when an infectious organism, typically bacteria, infects the inside of the heart. It usually involves the heart valves. This can cause the heart valves to malfunction and become leaky, but it can also result in the ejection of blood clots and bacteria out to the body where they can cause strokes, kidney failure, and other complications. Sometimes endocarditis can be cured with a very long course of intravenous antibiotics, but often times the valve must be surgically repaired or replaced. People with endocarditis are at increased risk of a second episode later in life because the damaged areas of the heart are more susceptible to infections. If somebody with endocarditis continues to use intravenous drugs, that is very dangerous and can result in more surgery or even death.

In brief: That

That depends on how much damage was done to the heart, and of course whether or not your family member is able to achieve sobriety.
Endocarditis is a condition when an infectious organism, typically bacteria, infects the inside of the heart. It usually involves the heart valves. This can cause the heart valves to malfunction and become leaky, but it can also result in the ejection of blood clots and bacteria out to the body where they can cause strokes, kidney failure, and other complications. Sometimes endocarditis can be cured with a very long course of intravenous antibiotics, but often times the valve must be surgically repaired or replaced. People with endocarditis are at increased risk of a second episode later in life because the damaged areas of the heart are more susceptible to infections. If somebody with endocarditis continues to use intravenous drugs, that is very dangerous and can result in more surgery or even death.
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Dr. Mohammed Younus
Psychiatry

In brief: Can be treated

Endocarditis should be treated aggressively as it can become debilitating with dangerous repercussions to heart and can lead to infected blood clots going to her brain.
There are effective treatments to eradicate the infection. She should be in drug treatment for it to be more effective.

In brief: Can be treated

Endocarditis should be treated aggressively as it can become debilitating with dangerous repercussions to heart and can lead to infected blood clots going to her brain.
There are effective treatments to eradicate the infection. She should be in drug treatment for it to be more effective.
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