What is the definition or description of: infection of heart valves?

Endocarditis. When a bacteria gets in the bloodstream, there is a chance of attaching to a heart valve. This is called endocarditis. If this happens, the bacteria can grow, causing lesions called vegetations to appear which can break off and plug small blood vessels in the hand, foot, or brain. The bacterial growth can also cause the valve to leak. If this is significant, valve replacement may be needed.
Endocarditis . An infection of the cardiac valves, usually aortic or mitral with a bacterium, most commonly staphylococcus or streptococcus.

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After a bout with bacterial endocarditis, what hurts the heart valves?

Infection and scar. Endocarditis often occurs on valves damaged due to other diseases, e.g., rheumatic fever, bicuspid valve. The bacterial infection and associated inflammation further damage the valves which is further complicated by scarring on healing. Read more...

What are the presenting symptoms of an infection of heart valves?

Numerous. An infection of the heart valves, known as endocarditis, is a very serious disorder. Symptoms usually stem from infection in the blood stream and include fever, chills, possible low blood pressure or even shock, heart failure, shortness of breath, and may include severe damage to the infected valve causing severe leakage of the valve, requiring emergency valve replacement surgery. Read more...

Describe the disorder called an infection of the heart valves.?

Endocarditis. It is called endocarditis. Can be caused mostly by bacterias and fungus. It is a very serious condition that requires immediate intervention. Valves can deteriorate fast and hence cardiac function be compromised . Read more...

Is there much of a link between flossing and/or using mouthwash and infections of the heart valves?

No. Endocarditis can be caused by extensive dental work where bleeding is likely and bacteria of the mouth can gain access to the vascular system. Flossing usually does not cause bleeding but if so the amount of bacteria released into the blood stream is negligible. Most endocarditis occurs in previously damaged heart valves. Read more...
Perhaps. Good dental care greatly reduces the risk of bacteria getting in the blood stream from the mouth, but this is likely something that occurs frequently in normal people. Abnormal heart valves are prone to infection so procedures that are likely to cause bacteria entry into blood are hazardous. Flossing is very low risk. Some dental procedures and colonoscopy may require antibiotics for safety. Read more...

Dr. Says I have trace regurgitation in 3 heart valves. Only recommending yearly echos to check on it. Is this normal im otherwise healthy?

Just a trace. Trace regurgitation is usually nothing of immediate concern - it wouldn't cause any symptoms and may just be reflective of the way your valves open and close normally and thereby may never progress beyond trace. Yearly 2D echo is recommended to make sure trace regurgitation doesn't become mild, then moderate and then severe, but this doesn't always happen. Read more...